Driver hit with points after speeding allegation

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A driver has received six penalty points on his licence after failing to provide information about who was driving a vehicle.

Stephen Stout, 55, of Goyt Hey Avenue, Billinge, had been convicted in his absence at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court.

But he said he only found out about the hearing three days later, when he received a letter to say he had been given penalty points and a fine.

He appeared before Wigan And Leigh Magistrates’ Court to make a statutory declaration and the conviction was removed.

The case refers to a vehicle alleged to have been speeding.

The court heard a letter was sent to Stout asking for details of who was driving at the time, but he did not know if the person behind the wheel was him or his partner.

He said he made a telephone call to respond to the letter, but did not return the form attached to it.

Stout pleaded guilty to failing to provide information about the driver of a vehicle.

Sandra Mercer, chairman of the bench, endorsed Stout’s driving licence with six penalty points.

He was also ordered to pay a £250 fine, £30 victim surcharge and £30 towards prosecution costs.