Banned driver got job with lorry firm

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A MAN desperate to earn a living got a job as a lorry driver without telling his employer he was serving a driving ban for an excess alcohol offence.

Andrew Keep was caught out when he was found speeding in his HGV at Littleworth Drove on December 23, Spalding magistrates heard.

Keep (47), of London Road, Bishop’s Stortford, was given a year-long community order and must do 100 hours unpaid work for driving while disqualified.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.

Magistrates imposed no separate penalty for driving without insurance, but his licence was endorsed.

Keep pleaded guilty to both offences at Thursday’s hearing.

His solicitor Marisha O’Gunley, mitigating, said Keep admitted driving while disqualified as soon as he was caught speeding.

Probation officer Angela Jones told the court: “At the time of the offence he was desperate to earn some income.

“He made the decision to take the risk and earn some money.”