Social worker avoids ban

The Halifax coat of arms at Calderdale Magistrates Court.

The Halifax coat of arms at Calderdale Magistrates Court.

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A social worker narrowly avoided losing his driving licence despite amassing 15 penalty points.

Calderdale Council employee Sam Ansell, who already had nine points, was given a further six points by Calderdale magistrates after exceeding a temporary 50mph speed limit on the M62, twice in one day.

Ansell, 22, of Halifax Road, Huddersfield, admitted the two offences - the first between junctions 24 and 25 and the second between junctions 25 and 26 on March 10 this year.

Mike Pell, for Ansell, said: “If he is disqualified from driving, not only would there be a tremendous burden on his colleagues at Calderdale Council, but a very difficult burden on the young people he works with.

“It could literally put them back weeks or months.”

Magistrates’ chairman Annabelle Davis said: “We are not going to take your licence because of the nature of your work and because we feel that if we do disqualify you your colleagues would have to take on the burden of your work and it would have an impact on the children and families you work with, who in their very nature are vulnerable.

“You must be extremely careful with your driving in future. You cannot use the reasons you have given to us today again.”

Ansell was also fined £240, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.