A REMOVAL van driver from Stratford has been removed from the roads for driving while disqualified.
Thirty-year-old Karl Andrew Webb, of Birmingham Road, has been sentenced for the second time in six months for serious driving offences.
He was sentenced to a 12 month driving ban and fines by magistrates in June after his careless driving on the A46 near Stratford in November 2022 resulted in serious injuries to another driver.
But just a month after this ban, he was caught driving while disqualified when police spotted his removal van being driven in Stratford.
PC Andy Steventon said “We were shocked to discover he’d been banned from driving for a period of 12 months less than 30 days prior to us stopping him. This was as a result of him admitting guilt for causing serious injuries to another driver.
“He was interviewed at the roadside for driving while disqualified and as well as receiving another court date to discuss the matter with a magistrate, his van was also seized.”
After appearing before magistrates again on October 30 for driving while disqualified, Webb was sentenced to a 16 month driving ban, a 12 month community order with 15 day rehabilitation activity requirement, £307 fine, £135 costs to the CPS and £114 victim surcharge. His licence was also endorsed for driving without insurance.
Speaking after the sentence PC Steventon said “When he appeared in court for the careless driving offence, he apologised for the harm he caused his victim and at the time the magistrate was appalled at footage of his driving.
“By continuing to drive while disqualified Karl Webb put himself and other road users at risk of harm. There is no excuse. This is a serious offence especially so soon after being disqualified. His guilty plea was taken into consideration when imposing the sentence and it seems he may have narrowly avoided the maximum sentence of six months in custody. He may not be so lucky next time.“
After the 16 month ban, Webb will need to apply for a new driving licence and pass his test before he is permitted to return to the road.