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Driver from Upwell lied to police after 'dangerous' manoeuvre

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A Fenland man has admitted falsely reporting to police that a car had been stolen.

Maurice Gray’s solicitor told King's Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (26) that the defendant was “lucky” to only be charged with obstructing a police constable.

Prosecutor Denise Holland said police saw a vehicle carry out a “dangerous” manoeuvre on the A10 at about 6pm on March 3.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (56957477)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (56957477)

She added: “They made enquiries. The vehicle was found a short time later.

“Mr Gray calls police about an hour later saying it had been stolen from a pub. They are not quite sure about that and check CCTV.”

Gray later admitted that he had reported the car stolen to help a family member.

Mrs Holland added: “Police took the decision, as it hadn’t got too far, that obstructing a PC was the most appropriate charge.

“No real harm was done. If there had been it would have been a far more serious charge.”

Solicitor George Sorrell, mitigating, said: “I have told the defendant that he’s really quite lucky.

“When the police challenged his account and interviewed him, mercifully for him he told the truth and admitted the car hadn’t been stolen.

“He was the one responsible for the driving.

“He’s very sorry for what he’s done. He decided to lie to police which is very regrettable.

“It’ll never happen again - he’ll put the police and courts before family.”

Gray, of Croft Road, Upwell, was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £127 in

costs and victim surcharge.

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