Mum banned from driving

A MOTHER from Ipswich has been banned from driving on the roads after admitting she did not have insurance or a valid licence.

A MOTHER from Ipswich has been banned from driving on the roads after admitting she did not have insurance or a valid licence.

Julie Brown, 46, of Lakeside Road, admitted two counts of driving without insurance and two counts of not having a proper licence.

At South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich yesterday it was heard that the 46-year-old was stopped by police officers on June 9 in London Road and a check revealed that she did not have insurance and only had a United States of America driver's licence, which is not valid in the UK.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, said a few weeks later, on July 12, she was stopped again in Brooks Hall Road and found not have insurance or a valid licence. She pleaded guilty by post to all offences.

It was heard that she had moved back to the UK from America in 2004 and never got her licence changed.

In mitigation she told the court she was caught speeding last year and the court at the time never told her to change her licence.

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Magistrates endorsed her licence with six points for the first count of no insurance and seven points for the second offence. As this brought her up to 13 points, she was disqualified from driving for six months.

She was also fined �220 for having no insurance, �25 for having no valid licence, �46 for prosecution costs and �15 victim surcharge.