Third driving ban for man with no licence

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Third driving ban for man with no licence

A Devon man has been banned from driving for the third time in two years despite never actually acquiring a driving licence in the first place.

Barnstaple resident Tyrone Barnsby was disqualified from driving by North Devon Magistrates' Court last Friday after admitting three separate motoring offences.

The 25-year-old was stopped by police after his erratic driving caught their attention.

He was arrested for drink-driving after being found to be nearly twice the legal drink-drive limit, as well as driving without a licence or insurance.

Barnsby, who is a prolific offender with 46 previous convictions to his name, had only been released from prison a few months before his court appearance.

Magistrates were told that Barnsby had gotten into his car after a disagreement with his girlfriend.

Laurence Overend, defending, said: "Mr Barnsby had purchased the vehicle he was driving for banger racing and he had been at the Venue nightclub when he had a disagreement with his girlfriend so he distanced himself. He then decided to drive home."

The Court also heard that Barnsby had only ever held a provisional driving licence but had already been disqualified for six months in 2011 and again last year after being caught driving while disqualified.

As well as being banned from driving for a further two years, Barnsby was fined £100 and ordered to pay £20 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.