THE following cases appeared at Reading and Slough Magistrates' Court:


August 17:


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CLIFFORD CLARKE, 19, of Carters Hill Park, Binfield, admitted failing to comply with a community requirement of a suspended sentence order made by Berkshire Magistrates Court by failing to comply with unpaid work requirements on January 9, January 28, March 3 and March 10. Committed to 12 months imprisonment suspended by 18 months. Also ordered to continue unpaid work requirements. Also ordered to pay £60 costs. 

THOMAS BIRCH, 30, of Billing Avenue, Finchampstead, admitted failing to comply with supervision requirements by failing to report to pre-arranged appointments on January 15, January 23 and January 30 at Billing Avenue, Finchampstead. Fined £553. Also ordered to pay £75 costs.


August 18:


PATRICK MONGAN, 31, of Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, admitted driving whilst disqualified on London Road, Wokingham, on May 21. Also admitted driving without third party insurance on London Road, Wokingham, on June 21. Committed to prison for 12 weeks, due to aggravating features and previous disregard for court orders. Also ordered to pay £128 victim surcharge and £85 court costs. Also disqualified from driving for 18 months.

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