Suffolk visit ended in police cells

A STAFFORDSHIRE man who ended up in police cells after visiting friends in Ipswich has been ordered to do hours of unpaid work. Appearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, 31-year-old Josh Bagley pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance, possession of cannabis and obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty.

A STAFFORDSHIRE man who ended up in police cells after visiting friends in Ipswich has been ordered to do hours of unpaid work.

Appearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, 31-year-old Josh Bagley pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance, possession of cannabis and obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty.

Prosecuting solicitor Sarah-Jane Atkins told the court Bagley was stopped by police at 8.20am on September 18 in Landseer Road.

She said: "He was stopped riding a Honda Fireblade motorcycle. He gave false details and kept up the pretenece for some 20 minutes. His real identification was discovered when he dropped his wallet and police took possession of it."

Miss Atkins said police then found out he was a disqualified driver. She said he was taken to Ipswich police station where he was questioned.

Miss Atkins said: "His property was checked. Some tablets found in his possession are still being analysed."

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The court heard that police in South Staffordshire searched his home where they found cannabis.

Miss Atkins said: "It had a value of about £20, consistent with personal use."

The court heard that Bagley had been disqualified in September 2003 after a conviction for a drink driving offence.

Defending Bagley Dino Barricella said his client was co-operative with police once his identification was revealed.

Mr Barricella said: "He concedes the offences but he would strongly dispute it was 20 minutes obstruction of police. It was more like five or 10 minutes."

Mr Barricella told the court the tablets found in his possession were vitamin tablets.

He said: "This is a man unfamiliar with police and court cells. He is quite ashamed and disappointed with himself.

"I think he has learned his lesson of a night in the cells."

Magistrates made Bagley the subject of a 90 hour community punishment order for the driving while disqualified, obstructing a police officer and cannabis possession offences.

For driving with no insurance he was given six points on his driving licence. He was also ordered to pay £43 costs.

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