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MOTORISTS across north Northumberland were prosecuted at Alnwick Magistrates Court.

Mark Ahearne, of Clayport Gardens, Alnwick, pleaded not guilty to failure to give driver information following a speeding offence in Amble.

The case was adjourned for a trial on Wednesday, February 16 at 2pm.

Victoria Bell, of Front Street, Glanton, pleaded guilty to speeding after a camera caught her travelling at 35mph in a 30mph zone on the A697 in Longframlington.Bell claimed she had returned the form to the Fixed Penalty Unit but was fined a total of £110 and her licence was endorsed with three points.

Daniel McDonald, of Merton Cottages, Embleton, pleaded guilty to failure to produce a driving licence and speeding after driving at 37mph in a 30mph zone at Christon Bank, Alnwick.

McDonald, who informed the court he had recently lost his baby and job, was fined £80 for the speeding and given no separate punishment for failing to produce his licence, which was endorsed with three points.

Alistair Brewis, of Alnwick Moor, was fined £217 for driving in a prohibited area – Alnwick Market Place – after the case was proved in absence.

Valentina Peruzzo, of Market Place, Alnwick, was also fined £217 for driving in Alnwick Market Place, also proved in absence.

A case of failing to wear a seatbelt was proved in absence against John McDonald, of Farriers Rise, Shilbottle, and he was fined £275.

David Spears, of Ivy Street, Amble, also failed to attend court to face a charge of driving without insurance.

He was fined a total of £625 and his licence was endorsed with eight points.

Jingo Merritt-Barker, of Newland Cottages, Belford, was charged with driving other than in accordance with a licence, driving without insurance, failing to produce a driving licence and failing to produce an insurance certificate. The case was proved in absence but then adjourned to Friday, February 4 to discuss a totting-up disqualification as Merritt-Barker already has six points on his licence.