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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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‘Mad moment’ led to Barrow driver crashing

AN unlicensed Barrow driver took his friend’s car without permission for a supermarket trip but, after feeling guilty and turning back, crashed into another vehicle, a court was told.

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DANNY FOX-NORTH

Danny Fox-North, 25, of Whitehead Street, Barrow, was given a suspended eight-week sentence at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday, after admitting taking a MG ZS and crashing into a Volkswagen Golf near the junction between Buccleuch Street and Dalkeith Street on July 24.

Fox-North pleaded guilty to five driving-related offences, and did not stop to help the driver he hit who was left with a £544.04 repair bill.

The court was told that Fox-North took his friend’s car from Mill Street, started driving to Tesco, turned back after feeling guilty about what he was doing, and then crashed.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said: “After the collision, the defendant was seen starting his car having stalled it and put his foot down.”

Fox-North pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving a car without a licence, using a car on a road without third-party insurance, failing to stop after a road accident, and failing to report an accident.

Mr Trystan Roberts, defending, said his client went to Barrow police station of his own accord to admit the offences.

He said: “He decided in a mad moment to take the car on his errand. He knows he did the wrong thing.”

Sharon Gillam, chairman of magistrates, sentenced Fox-North to eight weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months.

He was also given a 12-month community order, involving a supervision element and 150 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £500 compensation.

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