Grantham court: Banned driver’s car will be scrapped

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An eagle-eyed policeman spotted a banned driver behind the wheel of a car while monitoring CCTV cameras.

Martin Frazier, of Harrow Street in Grantham, had served a five-year driving ban but was not allowed to drive until he had taken and passed an extended driving test.

He was spotted on CCTV on July 1 but police could not locate him. However, the following day Frazier was again seen on CCTV behind the wheel and was arrested.

As a result he was charged with two counts of driving whilst disqualified and two counts of driving without insurance.

Rory Macmillan, defending, said it was a misunderstanding as Frazier had not realised he needed to pass the extended test following his ban.

Mr Macmillan said: “He says he is very upset he has put himself in this position.”

The court was told Frazier’s car - a Ford Puma - has been impounded and will be scrapped.

Frazier told magistrates he only has £8 a week spending money after paying his council tax and bedroom tax.

He was fined a total of £220 and must pay costs of £85.