Nelson biker crashed into hedge avoiding police

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.

A young motorcyclist mounted the pavement where elderly people were walking, causing one to gesticulate at him, Pennine magistrates heard.

Ashley Arthur Heseltine (20) had swerved to the nearside at the last moment when he hadn’t seemed to be aware of a police car and had gone up the kerb through a gap in parked cars. He had then collided with a hedge. Heseltine had been riding without a helmet.

The hearing was told he wasn’t insured or licensed to ride the off-road bike without L-plates. The defendant, who has not long since passed his driving test, will now be a provisional licence holder again after getting six points within two years of passing.

Heseltine, of Ringstone Crescent, Nelson, admitted driving the bike in Ringstone Crescent, without due care and attention, with no insurance or licence, on May 23th. He was fined £260, with £85 costs, a £20 victim surcharge and a £150 criminal court charge.

The defendant, who was not legally represented, told the Bench: “It was a stupid mistake and I shouldn’t have done it.”