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A West Norfolk teenager has been disqualified from driving just three months after passing her test.

Lydia Allan admitted allowing a friend to drive her Vauxhall Corsa without insurance.

At Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, the 18-year-old was banned for 28 days.

Magistrates said the sentence was “the lesser of two evils” because if they had imposed penalty points instead her licence would have been revoked and she would have to take her test again.

Prosecutor Lesla Small said police had been called to a report of a suspected drink-driver at the McDonald’s drive-thru in Norwich Road, Swaffham, at about 4.50am on December 7.

“They have seen the Vauxhall Corsa parked with the engine running and Miss Allan was sitting in the driving seat.

“A man was seen to walk and pick up an order from the window and get into the car. There were two other passengers in the rear of the vehicle.

“As you go through the drive-thru your image is recorded. It’s clear from that CCTV that it’s [the man] who was driving.”

Allan, who was not represented in court, said in mitigation: “I know I shouldn’t have let him but he was quite forceful and shouting. He was being angry about wanting to drive us.

“The police could see how angry he was when he got arrested.”

As well as the ban, Allan, of School Road, St Germans, was fined £300 and ordered to pay £105 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

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