Motorist gets unpaid work after driving pal's car without a licence and insurance

A motorist who took someone else's car without their permission and drove to Bradford without a licence or insurance has been given 100 hours of unpaid work.

Monday, 26th June 2017, 4:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:24 am
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on June 20 how Joshua Geoffrey Birch-Bluff, 22, of Stratton Road, Bolsover, had been at the car owner’s address in Bolsover with others when he took the vehicle and drove to Bradford to see a friend.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Police in Bradford were on patrol and saw a vehicle appearing to be looking at dwellings. They stopped the vehicle and Birch-Bluff was the driver.”

Birch-Bluff told police that the car owner had gone to bed and he took the vehicle and left with two others and travelled to Bradford to see a friend and he intended to bring the car back before the owner realised what had happened.

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The defendant pleaded guilty to taking the VW Golf without consent, driving without insurance and without a licence after the incident on May 21.

The court also heard how Birch-Bluff had committed the offence while he was on bail for other matters which were dealt with on May 25 when he received a community order for drink-driving, driving without a licence and insurance and for possessing the class A drug cocaine.

Defence solicitor Kevin Tomlinson said: “He made a foolish decision to take his friend’s car and visit a friend in Bradford.”

Mr Tomlinson added that Birch-Bluff was joined by two others from the house but he accepted he was the driver and makes it clear it was his decision to do what he did.

Birch-Bluff was also held in custody in Bradford for 15 hours before he was interviewed by a Derbyshire police officer and released on bail.

Magistrates sentenced Birch-Bluff to a 12 month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work and disqualified him from driving for six months.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.