A MOTORIST has been banned from driving and given a large fine after failing to return essential paperwork to police after an alleged offence.

Alan Nicholls failed to return paperwork after he was suspected of committing a driving offence in Worcester and city magistrates opted to ban him from driving for six months as he was left facing a bill of more than £1,000.

The case against the 59-year-old of Grove Royd, Halifax, was heard at Worcester Magistrates Court on June 13, the charge having already been proved against him via the single justice procedure on May 9.

The charge was that in Worcester on December 19 last year, Nicholls, having been required by or on behalf of the Chief Officer of Police for West Mercia Police, failed to give information relating to the identification of the driver of a Mercedes who was alleged to have been guilty of an offence.

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Nicholls was fined £660, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £264 and costs of £90 - £1,014 in total.

A collection order was also made by the court, giving it extra powers to recover the money.

Nicholls was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for six month. Court papers show that the disqualification was 'obligatory due to repeat offending'.

His driving record was also endorsed with six penalty points.