Ipswich teen’s report to police ends up with him in court for driving offences

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

Police discovered an Ipswich teenager had driven without a licence and insurance after he reported an alleged incident to them, a court heard.

Maurice Burrows, of Finchley Road, was caught driving a Ford Fiesta when officers checked CCTV during the inquiry into his complaint.

Although the original investigation resulted in no further action, Burrows was subsequently charged and is now set to have his car destroyed.

The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to driving otherwise in accordance with a licence and having no insurance, when he appeared before Ipswich magistrates.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said CCTV obtained from a Domino’s Pizza in Bramford Road showed him driving on November 15 after his licence had been revoked.

Mrs Harper said: “He was only charged because of the other incident.”

Burrows, representing himself, told the court: “It was just a mistake.”

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He added he did not know why he had driven the 2002-registered Fiesta after his licence was taken away from him when he was given six penalty points for previously driving without insurance.

Magistrates were told the Fiesta has been impounded by police and will be kept for 28 days before being crushed as Burrows, being the registered keeper, has no insurance and therefore can not reclaim it.

As well as losing his car Burrows must pay a total of £305 in fines, costs and a contribution to the victims’ fund.