Ex-prisoner escapes ban from driving

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A former prisoner has escaped a driving ban.

Paul Nuttall, 47, formerly of Greenfield Park, Freckleton, now of Osborne Road, Preston, admitted speeding.

He already had nine penalty points on his licence and was liable to be disqualified from driving, but Blackpool magistrates decided not to impose a ban as it would cause Nuttall exceptional hardship.

He was fined £175 with £50 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge and three penalty points were put on his licence.

Paul Foster, prosecuting, said on February 9 at 9.55am police saw Foster in a Peugeot doing 59mph in a 50mph zone of Preston New Road, Freckleton. He already had nine penalty points on his licence for two offences of using a mobile phone while driving and one offence of speeding,

Michael Leach, defending, said while in prison Nuttall took a plastering course and when he was released in 2010 he got work as a plasterer with a company. Nuttall had worked with the company for 18 months and needed to drive to keep the job.

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