Councillor in court for second time

FORGETFUL Tory Ben Redsell is out of pocket again today after appearing in court on driving offences for the second time in a year.The 25-year-old county councillor appeared before the district judge at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court where he admitted three offences of failing to produce an insurance certificate, failing to produce an MOT and failing to produce a driving licence.

FORGETFUL Tory Ben Redsell is out of pocket again today after appearing in court on driving offences for the second time in a year.

The 25-year-old county councillor appeared before the district judge at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court where he admitted three offences of failing to produce an insurance certificate, failing to produce an MOT and failing to produce a driving licence.

Redsell, of Melton Meadow Road, Melton blamed his busy lifestyle for the slip.

He said: "The mitigating circumstances which the district judge took into account were that I had attempted to produce my documents shortly outside the seven day period.


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"With the amount of things that go on, seven days just disappears in a heart beat. I thought I had got it in in time but I hadn't.

"I think there was a council meeting or something which made me miss the date but that is no excuse. I do regret it."

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The Woodbridge county councillor was stopped in Yarmouth Road, Ipswich on January 29 this year after officers noticed one of his brake lights was not working.

He added: "I was driving my mum's car and she had a defective brake light. "Obviously it is the driver's responsibility to make sure it is working."

District judge David Cooper fined Redsell £15 for each of the offences plus £55 costs. He settled the debt following the hearing.

Redsell, who is the county council's youngest member, was initially due to appear before magistrates but appeared before the district judge because a member of the bench knew him.

Earlier this year, the Star reported another case at Ipswich magistrates' court where Redsell had been fined for failing to renew his car tax.

He had to pay more than £300 for failing to have a valid tax disc on two occasions on February 7 and February 12 of this year.

He added: "At the beginning of the year I wasn't as organised with my paper work as I should have been."

Jeremy Pembroke, leader of Suffolk County Council, said Redsell had kept him informed about the court case throughout.

He said: "I am aware of what has happened. He came to see me immediately and I told him that it is imperative that he keeps his affairs in order and that there is not repetition of this forgetfulness."

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