A silly mistake

A disqualified motorist from Great Kelk who was caught driving with no MOT or insurance and in possession of cannabis was ordered to complete 130 hour of unpaid work and given a further nine month driving disqualification by Bridlington magistrates last Wednesday.

William Edward Grey Nicholson, 38, pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance, driving without a test certificate and possessing a Class B drug.

The court heard that just before 8pm on September 8, Nicholson was observed by police driving erratically in a Ford Fiesta on Bessingby Road in Bridlington.

Officers followed the vehicle through the town centre, observing Nicholson driving against traffic lights and not showing care on the road, before stopping him.

Police realised that Nicholson was a disqualified driver and after searching the vehicle, found a quantity of herbal cannabis, which the defendant admitted to buying that evening.

Nicholson, who was unrepresented in court, said: “I apologise, it was a silly mistake.

“I have recently got my life back on track after being evicted, I have been working for the past six months and I am opium free. It was just a very silly thing to do.”

In addition to the 130 hours of unpaid work, further nine month driving disqualification, and a one year community order, presiding magistrate Lesley Mole told Nicholson to pay a fine of £150 and £15 victim surcharge, and ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drug.

Mrs Mole said: “If you commit another driving disqualification offence you could well see the inside of a prison cell.”