Buxton man lied to get car insurance

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A Buxton man who lied about having a full driving licence to get insurance has been given a community order.

Police stopped a Peugeot van being driven by Philip Heathcote on Burlow Road on June 16, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

Checks revealed Heathcote wasn’t insured because he had claimed to hold a full driving licence when he only had a provisional, prosecutor John Cooper said.

The 51-year-old, of Burlow Road, admitted withholding information to obtain insurance, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and using a vehicle without insurance.

Representing himself in court he said: “It was a foolish thing to have done, just stupidity.”

Magistrates gave him a community order with 60 hours unpaid work. He must also pay £35 costs and a £60 surcharge and was given seven penalty points.