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Two Somerset drivers receive six-month driving bans

TWO Somerset drivers have been given six-month driving bans ‘due to repeat offences’ after breaking the law on South West roads.

One was handed a six-month disqualification after pleading guilty to being responsible for a vehicle while unfit to drink.

The other was caught speeding over the 60mph speed limit for vans on an A road in Cornwall.

Two Somerset drivers received fines and penalty points earlier this week after committing driving offenses towards the end of last year.

James William Flecher

A Yeovil man has been banned from driving for six months after he admitted being in charge of a Ford Fiesta in Exeter while unfit to drink.

Court documents say James William Fletcher, of Cedar Grove, was “in charge of a power-driven vehicle” on October 4, 2021 “while unfit to drive while intoxicated”.

Fletcher, 34, pleaded guilty at Exeter Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday May 17.

He was banned from holding or obtaining a driver’s license for six months.

Court documents say the ban was “mandatory due to recidivism”.

He was also slapped with a £150 fine and ordered to pay £40 court costs and an additional £34.

Fletcher will pay his £224 court bill in monthly installments from June 14.

Bodmin Magistrate’s Court. Photo: Google Street View

Paul Andrew Dewings

A Vauxhall van driver from Frome has been handed a court bill of over £800 after failing to provide vehicle driver identification information when required.

Paul Andrew Dewings, of Cabell Road, committed the offense in Plymouth on December 13, 2021, at Crownhill in Plymouth.

Court documents say Dewings, 41, “did not provide information relating to the identification of the driver of a vehicle who was allegedly guilty of an offence.”

Dewings was found guilty in the single court proceeding on Monday, May 16.

He was fined £660 by Bodmin Magistrates’ Court and must pay £90 in costs and a victim fine surcharge of £66.

He has until June 13 to pay a total of £816.

Six penalty points were added to Dewings’ driver’s license.

Michael Stewart Vowles

A man caught speeding in a Mercedes Vito van has been banned from driving for six months.

Michael Stewart Vowles, of Cross Street, Burnham-on-Sea, exceeds the 60mph speed limit for vehicles ‘of this class’ on the A30 in Indian Queens, Cornwall on May 16, 2021.

Vowles, 54, was fined £665 and ordered to pay £90 in costs and a victim surcharge of £66 by a magistrate in Bodmin on Monday, giving him a bill of £821 to pay by June 15.

He was also banned from driving for six months “for recidivism”.

Somerset County Gazette: A man has been fined for speeding while towing a trailer on the M5 near Sampford Peverell.  Photo: Google Street ViewA man has been fined for speeding while towing a trailer on the M5 near Sampford Peverell. Photo: Google Street View

Duncan CormacEdward Cleere

A Monkton Heathfield man has been fined after he admitted speeding in a Mercedes while towing a trailer on the M5 near Sampford Peverell in Devon.

Duncan Cormac Edward Cleere of School Road was caught exceeding the 60mph motorway speed limit for vehicles with a trailer on November 29, 2021.

Court documents do not indicate how fast Cleere, 55, was driving.

He pleaded guilty in the single court proceedings on Monday May 16.

He was fined £203 by a Bodmin magistrate and ordered to pay £90 in costs and an additional £34.

Cleere has until June 27 to pay his £327 court bill.

He also receives three penalty points.

Cleere also pleaded guilty to driving with a trailer “in the right or offside lane” of the freeway, which tow drivers are not permitted to use.

He received no separate sanction for this offence.