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

January 25:
LEON D’ANGELO, 20, of Reeds Hill, Bracknell, admitted driving while disqualified on the A329M in Wokingham on October 7, 2020. Also admitted using a vehicle without the correct insurance on the same occasion. Fined £400. Also ordered to pay £40 victim surcharge and £85 court costs. Six points added to driving licence.

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January 28:
MICHELLE PATRICK, 37, of Wood Green, Shinfield in Wokingham, admitted drug-driving  in Linden Road, Reading, on June 9, 2020. Found to have cannabis in her system. Also admitted using a vehicle without the correct insurance in Linden Road on June 9, 2020. Given a conditional discharge for 12 months. Must also pay £85 court costs. Disqualified from driving for 12 months.

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JOHN SMITH, 52, of Edgbarrow Rise, Sandhurst, admitted to failing to provide a breath sample when asked by police in Maidenhead in August 8, 2020, and failing to co-operate with a roadside breath test in Bracknell on the same day. Sentenced to eight weeks in prison suspended for 18 months, and must carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. Also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £128 and costs of £85. Disqualified from driving for 30 months.

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