June 26, 2018 3.47 pm This story is over 39 months old

Banned driver caught behind wheel of stolen car

“The last two years of his life have been a bumpy road”

A banned motorist who was caught driving a stolen car was today (Tues) given 12 months in a young offenders’ institution.

Jordan Young was spotted behind the wheel of the Nissan Note while it was being driven with false number plates.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court the Nissan was seen to meet up with a stolen Fiat Panda and the vehicles were driven off.

The Fiat was followed by police along Bridge End Road, Grantham, where it stalled and was then driven into Bridge End Grove where the driver, Ethan Hopkins, was arrested.

The second car was found on Cold Harbour Lane and Jordan Young, the driver of that vehicle, was also detained.

Both cars had been stolen earlier from the driveway of a property on Manthorpe Road, Grantham.

Earlier a stolen Honda Civic car was found parked on Welland Street in Grantham. Evidence from a CCTV camera revealed Young had been the driver who parked the car and Hopkins was his passenger.

Young, 20, of Primrose Way, Grantham, admitted charges of handling stolen goods and driving while disqualified.

Hopkins, 18, of William Street, Grantham, admitted handling stolen goods and being carried in a vehicle taken without consent as a result of the incidents in April this year.

Young was set to a young offenders’ institution for 12 months and had six penalty points placed on his licence. Hopkins was given a 12 month community order with a 20 day rehabilitation activity requirement.

Jeremy Janes, for Young, said his client accepted he was facing a custodial sentence.

He told the court: “He doesn’t want to lead a life of crime. He has had help in the past. He needs to start growing up and to start taking the opportunities that are presented to him.”

Jonathan Straw, for Hopkins, said he had a number of difficulties in his life and had spent some time recently living in supported housing.

“He has his problems. The last two years of his life have been a bumpy road.”

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