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Banned driver may be jailed

PUBLISHED: 10:18 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 05 July 2010

A teenager has been warned that he could face jail after riding a mini motorbike in Lowestoft town centre while disqualified from driving.

Andrew Riley, 19, admitted riding a mini motorbike along Raglan Street on November 2 even though he knew he had been disqualified from driving for 12 months in April this year.

A teenager has been warned that he could face jail after riding a mini motorbike in Lowestoft town centre while disqualified from driving.

Andrew Riley, 19, admitted riding a mini motorbike along Raglan Street on November 2 even though he knew he had been disqualified from driving for 12 months in April this year.

Tess James, prosecuting, told Lowestoft magistrates yesterday that Riley admitted in his police interview that he knew he needed a licence, MoT and insurance to ride the bike.

Riley, of Maidstone Road, also admitted using a vehicle without insurance and a valid test certificate.

Richard Mann, for Riley, said that the matter should be treated differently than if he had been caught driving a car. “It is not necessarily common knowledge that you cannot drive these bikes without a licence. He had taken it out in the evening for a spin around the block because he was bored - it's as simple as that,” he said.

Chairman of the bench James Goldspink said: “It was totally reckless and the risk of harm to others was high. These vehicles can reach speeds of up to 30mph.”

He ordered a full pre-sentence report and warned Riley that he cannot rule out custody when he returns to be sentenced on December 3. He was granted unconditional bail.

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