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West Norfolk man ignored driving ban within days, court told

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A West Norfolk man was caught driving just days after receiving a six-month ban.

Richard Crosbie, 30, appeared before magistrates in Lynn on Thursday to plead guilty to driving while disqualified and having no insurance.

The court was told that he was pulled over by police in Smeeth Road, Marshland St James, on March 10.

King's Lynn Magistrates Court (55697051)
King's Lynn Magistrates Court (55697051)

This was due to the Volkswagen Golf showing as having no insurance.

It emerged that the policy had been cancelled after Crosbie had been disqualified in late February under the totting procedure.

Solicitor George Sorrell, mitigating, said the defendant had been “living under difficult circumstances, with his partner suffering a serious health condition.

Mr Sorrell said Crosbie was her carer and she lived in Terrington St John. His client had been returning home to New Sibley, St John’s Fen End, to collect mail.

“He explains that he didn’t think as carefully as he should have done about driving the car.

“It certainly won’t impress you that he drove so soon after being disqualified.”

Crosbie was banned for six months from the date of the court appearance, fined £200 and ordered to pay £50 costs an £34 victim surcharge.

There was no separate penalty for the insurance offence.

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