IF YOU thought the shops were busy then you should have popped down to Basildon magistrates courts where a very high volume of cases were being dealt with.
1. Tilbury man fined for failing to stop.
A TILBURY driver was fined for failing to stop for the police. Tony Burgess (29) Southey Walk, Tilbury was seen by Essex Police driving a Vauxhall Vectra on Sycamore Close, Tilbury on the 8th December.
The mobile police patrol made a request to stop but the driver did not. The vehicle was found abandoned nearby. Burgess was traced. The police smelt alcohol on his breath but according to the court, there was too long a time lapse for Burgess to be breathalysed.
He pled guilty and was fined £145.
2. Three plead not guilty to going equipped
THREE men appeared at Basildon magistrates accused of going equipped to steal a motor vehicle.
Joe Mason, 28, Monarch Close, Tilbury. Lewis Cook, 20, Third Avenue, Grays and Dean Leeks, 35, 23 Cavendish Gardens, Aveley all pled not guilty to the charge that on the 2nd December they were found in possession of articles for use or in connection with the theft of a motor vehicle.
They were bailed to appear at Southend magistrates court on the 16th February.
3. Downward spiral of former Lloyds underwriter lands man in court
A FORMER Lloyds underwriter pleaded guilty to the criminal damage of a BMW in Stanford-le-Hope.
The court heard that Jonathan Branton, 31, Abbotts Drive, Stanford-le-Hope was once a rising star in the banking world, making it as a Lloyds underwriter at the age of 21. But after a business venture failed, the father-of-twos life spiralled out of control as drink took a hold.
Sentencing was adjourned pending reports from probation.
4. Mum-of-three loses licence after car found on its roof
A MOTHER-OF THREE pleaded guilty at Basildon magistrates to refusing to provide a specimen of breath after her car was found on its roof.
A court heard that after finding the car on the 12th December, they went to home of the registered keeper, Kathryn Crook, 32, in Ruskin Road, Grays.
Crooks was taken to Grays police station where she refused to provide a specimen of breath for a breath test.
Crooks was fined £100 and banned for 12 months.