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Father keeps driving licence after court plea

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

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A DOTING father broke down in court when pleading with magistrates not to revoke his driving licence.

Father-of-two Christopher Wood fought back tears when he said would be unable to visit his daughter in Sheffield or take his son to football and cricket matches without his car.

The 34-year-old, of Clough Drive, Burton, already had six penalty points on his licence when police stopped him in Wetmore Road, on December 6, 2013, for driving without insurance.

As a result, he faced losing his licence, when he appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court (pictured).

Magistrates allowed Wood to keep his licence, but ordered him to pay £514 in costs and charges.

When he took to the dock, Mr Wood said: “My kids are the most important thing that matter to me.

“I spend a lot of time working hard to try and provide for them.”

Wood’s defence solicitor, Steve Williams, argued his client would suffer ‘exceptional hardship’ if his licence was revoked.

Mr Williams said Wood’s insurance policy had been cancelled 10 days before being stopped without him knowing after he began struggling with money.

The court was told Wood could lose his job as a manager with the David Lloyd gym in Derby as he could not afford the daily £60 taxi fair for early and late shifts.

Wood also feared he could lose his second job, a part-time position at restaurant chain Frankie and Bennys.

Woods then broke down in the dock when he told the court he only recently re-established contact with his two-year-old daughter, after her mother moved to Sheffield without him knowing.

He told the court he still received counselling for mental health problem he suffered as a result of this.

Mr Williams, defending, added: “He struggles everyday.

“If he was not able to see his daughter, that would tip him over the edge.”

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