Crawley driver with no licence caught behind the wheel three times by the same officer

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A Crawley driver who has never had a licence has been banned from the roads after being caught behind the wheel three times by the same officer.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said Ben Botting, 33, of Martyrs Avenue, Langley Green, pleaded guilty to three counts of driving without insurance, three counts of driving without a licence and one count of driving a vehicle without an MOT when he appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on June 3.

He was given 18 points on his licence, a year’s driving ban, a fine of £1,050, a victim surcharge of £35 and costs of £235.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, of Sussex and Surrey roads policing unit, said: “Botting has never had a licence and knows it is illegal for him to drive but he has repeatedly ignored the law.

“When questioned about what he has done he has never denied having no licence and has shown no remorse.

“So far it has cost him two cars that have been crushed and a bill of more than £1,200 from the court.

“We are determined to get unlicensed drivers like him off the road before they cause an accident and someone is seriously injured or even killed.”

Botting was first stopped by officers in High Street on December 22 2014 after PC Nev Whiteley heard loud noise coming from the Subaru Impreza he was driving and became concerned it could be unfit to be on the road.

The car did not belong to Botting and he had no licence and no insurance. Botting had been driving the vehicle despite having only a provisional licence.

The Subaru was seized and Botting was reported for summons for driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

Before the case could get to court, police were tipped-off that Botting was driving again and on April 1 PC Whiteley again caught him.

This time Botting was driving a Ford Sierra in London Road that he had registered in a false name. He still had no licence and no insurance and the car had no MOT.

Police seized the Sierra which was later crushed. Again Botting was reported for summons for the offences.

On April 13 police were again tipped off that Botting was driving - and again PC Whiteley was on patrol and found Botting, who this time was driving a Ford Fiesta, in River Mead.

The Fiesta had also been registered to Botting in a false name. It was uninsured and Botting, again, had no licence.

A spokesman said Sussex Police have taken the unusual step of publishing his picture so that if he does drive again, members of the community can alert police if they see him on the roads.

If you see Botting or any other motorist you believe is banned from driving, call 999 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

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