'Repeat offender' gets six-month driving ban for using mobile phone at the wheel
A motorist has been banned from driving for six months and left with a court bill after being caught using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel.
Telford Magistrates Court decided that a ban was obligatory due to "repeat offending" by Wayne Anthony Swinnerton, aged 47, of Astley Abbotts, Bridgnorth.
Swinnerton pleaded guilty under the single justice procedure on September 22, 2023.
The court, sitting on Monday heard that Swinnerton had been driving an Audi on the A442 at Trench, in Telford, on March 2, 2023 when he was using a handheld mobile telephone.
He was fined £123, ordered to pay a victims surcharge of £49 and costs of £85.
Magistrates took Swinnerton's guilty plea into account when imposing sentence and ordered him to arrange to pay the £257 he owes the Crown by December 18 this year.