Mobile user stays on the road

A WIGAN man kept his driving licence after a court accepted his ‘exceptional hardship” plea.

Phillip Nicholas Derricott, of Vicarage Road, Abram, was facing a ban under the totting up process after being charged with using a mobile phone while driving his Vauxhall Vectra along Wigan Road in Leigh in January.

But Wigan and Leigh Magistrates heard that the 33-year-old would lose his job as a vehicle delivery driver taking cars and van to and from automotive auctions, if his driving licence was taken from him.

He also needed to use his own car to take his stepson from a home in Springfield to their new barbers shop business which had recently opened in St Helens.

Magistrates order Derricott to pay a total of £128 in fines and costs and ordered that his licence be endorsed with a further three penalty points.

The presiding magistrate warned him: “You are very much in the last chance saloon.

“You know that Mr Derricott, don’t you?

Derricott told the court that he had accepted the incoming call because it was from his son upset about his then seperation from the child’s mother.

He said: “ I knew it was wrong, it was not a good thing to have done but that was exactly how it happened and it won’t be something that I will do again.”