Internet date took car on joyride

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A MAN used a false name when he dated a woman he met over the internet and then took her car.

Mark Kelly abandoned the woman’s car after joyriding and she had to pay to get it back after it was impounded.

Kelly, 27, of Station Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to taking a car without consent and driving it without insurance or a licence.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended, for 12 months, put on one year’s supervision, disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay £320 compensation by Blackpool magistrates.

The victim met Kelly, who she knew as Mark Tedstone, on an internet dating site and after they went out a couple of times he visited her home.

Between April 28 and 29 the woman’s Rover was taken from outside her address and was later found abandoned in Charnley Road. The car was then impounded and she had to pay £320 to free her vehicle.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client apologised for taking the woman’s car for a drive and then leaving it.