Night in cells for absent motorist

A NIGHT in the cells was a preferable option to a £50 fine for an Ipswich man who would not keep appointments with probation.Aaron Woollard had been wanted by police for almost a year because he failed to keep appointments with the Prosecution Service after being given a Community Rehabilitation Order for motoring matters.

A NIGHT in the cells was a preferable option to a £50 fine for an Ipswich man who would not keep appointments with probation.

Aaron Woollard had been wanted by police for almost a year because he failed to keep appointments with the Prosecution Service after being given a Community Rehabilitation Order for motoring matters.

Woollard, 22, of Chesterfield Drive, missed three appointments in November 2001 and one in December.

A warrant was issued for his arrest. He was finally discovered by police in the early hours of January 9.

South East Suffolk Magistrates fined Woollard £50 for being in breach of the rehabilitation order, but offered him the option of spending two more hours in the police cells in default.

Woollard spent a total of around 12 hours in custody.

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The court heard that Woollard received £26 per week on income support after his disability allowance was postponed while his current situation was assessed.