max temp: 25°C

min temp: 19°C


Ipswich: Road menace who nearly killed a man in hit-and-run is caught driving while disqualified... for the 37th time

10:46 08 June 2012

John Moir

John Moir


ROAD menace John Moir is back behind bars today after being caught driving while disqualified for the 37th time.

The 45-year-old, who has now racked up 208 convictions, has continued to show his contempt for the law despite nearly killing a man in a hit-and-run in Grafton Way, Ipswich, in 2010.

Since then he has been caught driving while disqualified on three further occasions shortly after being released from jail terms.

Moir, of Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, is now serving 16 weeks in prison after appearing before Ipswich magistrates for his latest offences, which occurred on May 23.

The T-registration Hyundai Lantra he was driving was spotted in Colchester Road by an officer operating automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) equipment.

The ANPR registered the vehicle as suspicious. When the officer went to follow the Hyundai it was said to have driven off and turned into Rushmere Road.

It then went into Thornley Drive, before going into Winston Avenue, a cul-de-sac, where it came to a halt in a driveway.

Police afound Moir in the vehicle’s passenger seat and a woman walking around the car. However, the woman told an officer that Moir had been driving.

In addition to admitting to driving while disqualified, Moir also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

Moir was convicted of his 35th and 36th disqualified driving offences in September last year and was imprisoned for 14 months.

The offences occurred eight days after Moir was released on licence from an 18-month prison sentence – of which he served half – that he was given for almost killing Simon Jacobs, of Pinewood, Ipswich.

In addition to driving despite being banned and without insurance on August 16, 2011, Moir had stolen DVDs, gym clothing and a handbag from two cars.

Four days later he drove while disqualified and without insurance again, and perverted the course of justice by giving police a false name.

Sentencing Moir at Ipswich Crown Court last September, Judge John Devaux said: “You show no sign of changing your ways.”

- What would you do to deter Moir from driving? E-mail or you can write to Star Letters, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.


  • he will do so called time and come out with an ology in motoring givin by the do gooders, never a dull moment in these courts today did i hear crime dont pay dont make me laugh hes probably never worked in life so what values has he got

    Report this comment

    terence adams

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • Up the wall up the chimney!

    Report this comment

    Paul Wauly

    Sunday, June 10, 2012

  • Another fine case of what Ipswich is like now, How has he got away with this so far, Ipswich is just a slum area nowadays. He will come out and do it all again, do gooders will help him they will think he will have been picked on.

    Report this comment


    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • PATHETIC PUNISHMENT , then the Government want Tom Winsor to be in charge of the Police Inspectorate. There will be less punishment more Crime under this regime of Bullies

    Report this comment

    Poppys Dad

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • 16 weeks is effectively 8 weeks inside. That is not going to stop him driving again, is it ? Just glad I do not live in Ipswich now as he sure is a risk to the public. Glad his photo is shown, hopefully people will recognise him if he gets anywhere near a motor vehicle and report him - by Crimestoppers if needs be.

    Report this comment

    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Sad day for society when they got rid of corporal punishment. He wouldn`t want to re-visit the court quite so often that`s for sure, especially if a 6ft 4in ex-paratrooper was the one dishing it out.

    Report this comment


    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Oooooh big deterrant! Maybe when he finally kills someone the authorities will act. If he does, then the judgesmagistrates who keep letting him off should face prosecution for negligence in their duty to protect the public, in letting him keep getting behind the wheel.

    Report this comment


    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Any time he's caught driving, take away the car and have it crushed. (including the one he was in this time). It might help deter him a little more (and would certainly deter anybody from lending him one).

    Report this comment


    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • What's the point, clearly nothing will stop this idiot as he has no respect for the law or other people, he's nothing more than a mindless selfish thug. Wicked to say but i hope next time he's out he's hit by someone just like him!

    Report this comment


    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • chain his hand to his ankle then see if he can drive my wife will not drive now because of these maniacs

    Report this comment


    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • How many more times before he does kill someone, i agree with Reggie. We are too soft in this country with people like him.

    Report this comment

    nan s

    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • What would I do to deter Moir from driving you ask? simple give him a year in prison for EVERY time he got caught whilst disqualified, keep him IN prison for that amount of time, then hopefully by the time he would be released he would have grown up a bit.

    Report this comment


    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • easy mistake to make ...... 37 times !!!

    Report this comment


    Friday, June 8, 2012


    Report this comment


    Friday, June 8, 2012

  • I suggest you give him another smack on the back of his hand, tell him to go away and not be naughty again !!!!!!!!!!!

    Report this comment


    Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • I happen to know the victim S.Jacobs who was nearly killed after being by this idiot driving a car.Simon Jacobs has had his life ruined by this maniac. This evil lout should be banged up for a long time with no early release !!

    Report this comment


    Friday, June 8, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The scene of police activity on St Matthews Street, Ipswich

Police who carried out a raid at an Ipswich town centre flat found it had been turned into a cannabis factory with more than 200 plants at different stages of growth, a court has heard.

Manningtree band Superglu

A band from north Essex will be headlining at stage at one of Britain’s biggest music festivals this weekend.

Great Eastern Rail Campaign members at Ipswich Station: 
Jonathan Denby, David Burch, Chris Starkie, Chloe Smith MP and Bun Gummer MP

In the second of five three-minute interviews Ben Gummer, the MP for Ipswich, gives his reaction to Abellio Greater Anglia being awarded the rail franchise for East Anglia.

Sydney Mini Market, Ipswich

Three establishments in Ipswich have been given one star food hygiene ratings after latest inspections.

What can you do with the kids in the last few days of the summer holidays?

There is just over one week left of the summer holidays but there is plenty still to do before the schools open their doors for a new term.

Ipswich Blue has proven to be one of the most popular of the sculptures

The much-loved and popular pig sculptures from the Pigs Gone Wild art trail will be going, going, gone at an auction soon.

The stretch of A12 at Seven hills

A tractor has shed its load of potatoes on the A1156 at Seven Hills this morning.

The summer sun will be good news for beachgoers this week

Suffolk is set for a scorcher of a week as temperatures are set to soar to 30C (86F).

Mugger hunted

Police are hunting a mugger who attacked a 75-year-old man in Felixstowe and stole his wallet.

The aftermath of a flare being let off during the Sky Bet Championship match at Portman Road.

Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Two men from Essex are to appear in court charged with breaching an order during the police operation for the Ipswich v Norwich game on Sunday.

Most read

Most commented


Show Job Lists

Topic pages


Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24