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Racing driver fined for speeding A DRIVER who has been motor racing since the age of 12 was caught driving a souped-up Rover on the A14/A11 at 124 mph, Ely magistrates were told. David Claxton, 22, of Milton, admitted speeding on a Sunday afternoon in Mar
Racing driver fined for speeding
A DRIVER who has been motor racing since the age of 12 was caught driving a souped-up Rover on the A14/A11 at 124 mph, Ely magistrates were told.
David Claxton, 22, of Milton, admitted speeding on a Sunday afternoon in March, and was banned from driving for four months. He was also fined £170 and told to pay £35 costs.
"You have not learned to differentiate between a motor racing track and a main road," said Susan Thompson, presiding magistrate. "Quite frankly we are appalled at the speed you were doing. You must be aware of the number of accidents on the A11. The higher the speed, the greater the risk of fatalities."
DRIVING a car without any of the necessary driving documents landed Ely man Martin Quince with a six-month driving ban this week.
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But Ely magistrates were told that Quince was already banned from driving until May of next year, so they decided the new ban would run alongside that.
Quince, 25, of Wisbech Road, Littleport, admitted driving without insurance, a licence or an MoT certificate in Angel Drove at Ely on February 4. He was fined £100 with £35 costs for the insurance offence, and no further penalties were imposed.
CONFUSION over his appointment with the probation service meant 22-year-old Ely man Stephan Mann could not be sentenced for possessing a knife with a 6-inch blade this week.
He had visited the Ely office of the probation service instead of the Cambridge office, so no report had been prepared for city magistrates on Thursday.
Mann, of Windmill Close, Ely, has admitted possessing the weapon in Broad Street at Ely on May 26.
He is now due to be sentenced on August 3.
THE sentencing of Littleport woman Aimee Cornwell, who has admitted a string of drugs offences, was adjourned for a further four weeks by Ely magistrates on Thursday.
Cornwell, 23, of Fenland Court, has admitted possessing methadone, diazepam, temazepam and morphine in Ely on March 30. She has also admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance on June 9.
She was given conditional bail, and told to co-operate with the probation service.
A BURGLARY charge facing Kevin and Alison Benstead of Littleport was adjourned for two weeks by Ely magistrates on Thursday.
The pair, of Parsons Lane, are accused of burgling a garage at Saffron Close in Littleport on June 23, stealing property belonging to Lucy Papworth and Peter Cousins.
Alison Benstead also faces a charge of theft. Both were given unconditional bail.
WE would like to point out that on last week's Court Watch page, we wrongly stated in a headline that Brian Moore of Gunton's Close in Soham was facing a trial at Ely Magistrates' Court. Mr Moore, did, in fact, admit charges of possessing cocaine, failing to give a breath test and failing to stop for police and was due to be sentenced. He also admitted driving without insurance or a licence. We are happy to set the record straight and apologise to Mr Moore for the error.