'Bomb on wheels' driver fined

A MOTORIST who drove a second-hand vehicle described as a "bomb on wheels," has been fined for his actions.Stephen Ambrose, 24, of Holbrook Road, Ipswich, admitted driving the motor in a dangerous condition and without insurance when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates.

By Amanda Cresswell

A MOTORIST who drove a second-hand vehicle described as a "bomb on wheels," has been fined for his actions.

Stephen Ambrose, 24, of Holbrook Road, Ipswich, admitted driving the motor in a dangerous condition and without insurance when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates.

Prosecutor Gareth Davies, said a trained officer examined the vehicle after a police officer smelt a strong smell of petrol.


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Mr Davies said: "In particular he found that the petrol pump was leaking onto the carburettor and near to the air filter.

"It was dripping down to the exhaust so it was actually a potential time bomb. "Also the battery was also not properly secure so it was potentially lethal if that came undone from its mountings.

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"One of the tyres was below the minimum tread and the suspension was in a poor state.

"The near side wheel was visibly angled inwards at the bottom as if it was buckling or folding underneath."

The court heard Ambrose bought the vehicle a couple of days earlier for £50 and was on his way to get some petrol. He was also on his way to pump up a deflated tyre.

Mr Davies told magistrates: "Perhaps that emphasises the dangers of acquiring a second hand car when you don't know anything about motor mechanics."

Representing himself Ambrose, said he co-operated with police and added: "I need my licence for work."

Magistrates fined him £50 for having the vehicle in a dangerous condition and £120 for not having insurance.

He was also given six points on his driving licence and was ordered to pay £35 towards prosecution costs.

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