The following cases were heard at Reading and Slough Magistrates’ Court:

October 7:
KATHERINE JAMES, 49, of Elen Place, Bracknell, admitted speeding on London Road, between Bracknell and Wokingham, on July 9, 2018. Found to be driving over the limit in a 40mph zone. Fined £150. Also ordered to pay £30 victim surcharge and £85 court costs. Three points added to driving licence. 

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STEPHEN AMOATENG, 54, of Underwood, Bracknell, admitted drink-driving on Cottermores, Bracknell, on July 20, 2019. Found to have 288mg of alcohol per 100ml blood, exceeding the legal limit of 80mg. Given a community order, including 90 hours unpaid work. Also ordered to pay £90 victim surcharge and £150 court costs. Disqualified from driving for six months. 

October 8:

DEAN POTTLE, 32, of Appletree Way, Sandhurst, admitted destroying a telephone belonging to Thames Valley Police on August 18. Fined £50. Also ordered to pay £150 compensation, £34 victim surcharge and £85 court costs. 

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