Skegness man carried a weapon and drove in Louth while disqualified

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A 33 year old man, who was stopped driving a car in Louth on his way to his flat in Skegness, was disqualified from driving and was also carrying a brass knuckleduster, a court has been told.

Stephen Andrew Brogden of Lancaster Avenue, Skegness, admitted the offences as well as possessing a quantity of cannabis and driving without insurance, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Mark Salt, prosecuting, said police stopped a black Vauxhall Astra car on Bolingbroke Avenue, Louth, at 5.30pm on February 5 after a report that it had failed to stop for a police officer the previous day.

He said that Brogden, who had been disqualified from driving in 2003 until he had passed an extended driving test, had never taken another test and was therefore still banned.

Mr Salt said Brogden had six previous convictions for driving whilst disqualified.

Mitigating, Gordon Holt said that Brogden, who had been staying with his father in Leeds following a problem with a neighbour who had smashed windows at his Skegness flat, was returning to Skegness to see his children and to collect belongings from the flat, when he was stopped by the police.

He said that because Brogden feared he might be attacked when he went to the flat, he was carrying a knuckleduster.

He told the court that Brogden had served the original three year ban but had not taken the re-test.

The magistrates imposed a 12 month community order with a 30 day rehabilitation activity requirement, and disqualified him from driving for an additional six months.

He was also ordered to pay a £50 fine and £145 in costs and charges.