Banned driver on motorbike taking dog out for a walk

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Police spotted a banned driver riding an off-road bike at 5mph while taking his dog for a walk.

Alexander Kennedy (26) – also known by the last name of Giddins – sped off over fields to evade capture after police saw him, but several days later attended an interview at Holbeach Police Station.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said police spotted Kennedy at the junction of Lapwater Lane and Leadenhall Road, Holbeach St Marks, at about 5.45pm on September 28.

He was using the bike to walk his dog.

She said no L plates were displayed, Kennedy was 
not wearing protective headgear and there was no valid insurance.

Kennedy attended a police interview on October 7, when he admitted driving off across fields to evade capture.

Solicitor Anita Toal, mitigating, said: “I don’t think my client had really appreciated the seriousness of the matter because he tells me the road he was driving on is a very rural location, very quiet and with no traffic about.”

Mrs Toal said Kennedy had been “very foolish” to have committed the offence two or three weeks after he was banned from driving.

Spalding magistrates asked for a probation report before sentencing Kennedy.

Probation officer Kiran Patel said Kennedy told him he enjoys riding his bike across fields and didn’t take a helmet that day because he didn’t think he was going to go out on a public road.

So far as riding without insurance was concerned, he didn’t understand at the time what the impact might be on other road users.

He said Kennedy had lost his job laying block paving because of “continuous police visits”.

Kennedy was banned from driving on September 6 under the totting-up procedure – which is triggered when penalty points on a driver’s licence add up to 12 or more.

Magistrates sentenced Kennedy to a six-month community order with 80 hours unpaid work.

He must also pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Kennedy, of Keightley Road, Saracen’s Head, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, failing to stop when required by a police constable, riding a motorbike on a public road without insurance and riding a motorbike on a public road without protective headgear.




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