Banned Driver Facing Jail For Driving Van While Disqualified

BANNED driver John Lamb is facing a jail sentence, after admitting that he drove a van when disqualified. Lamb – who has previous convictions for the same offence – was spotted by an off duty police officer as he drove a white Ford Transit in Back Hill at

BANNED driver John Lamb is facing a jail sentence, after admitting that he drove a van when disqualified.

Lamb - who has previous convictions for the same offence - was spotted by an off duty police officer as he drove a white Ford Transit in Back Hill at Ely.

When banned from driving back in 2002, he was told he must take an extended re-test and the end of the disqualification, but had never done so.

"He told police he had bought the van from a man on a caravan site a couple of weeks earlier," prosecutor Emma Dmitriev told Ely magistrates. "He claimed that police had told him he was no longer disqualified."

But, she said, when Lamb was stopped he was in possession of a solicitor's letter, saying he would have to apply for a licence at the end of his ban.

Lamb, 31, of Walsingham Way, Ely, had previously admitted driving on April 14 while disqualified, and without insurance or an MoT certificate.

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Solicitor Adam Haselhurst said Lamb had a problem with reading and writing, and was not aware that he needed to take a re-test.

The court warned Lamb he could be jailed, and adjourned sentencing until July 10 for the probation service to prepare a report.