Disqualified driver got behind wheel

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BANNED driver Tomas Gomes went to work in a BMW instead of riding his bike because there was snow on the ground, Spalding magistrates heard.

But he was caught out because police spotted his tax disc appeared to be missing.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said officers saw him on Holbeach Road on February 2 and discovered the tax disc had been turned round and was out of date.

They also found he was driving while banned – having been disqualified for three years in February last year – and had no insurance or MOT.

Daven Naghen, mitigating, said Gomes normally cycled to work but took “the foolish decision to drive” because it was snowy.

Gomes (32), of Cygnet Court, Spalding, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and without a test certificate at Thursday’s hearing.

He was sentenced to a year-long community order with a requirement to do 150 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £85 costs.

There were no separate penalties for the other offences but his licence was endorsed with six points for driving while disqualified.