THE FOLLOWING cases were heard at Reading and Slough Magistrates’ Court:

January 29:
MANISHA GURUNG, 29, of Durham Road, Sandhurst, admitted failing to provide a breath test having been requested to by police in Sandhurst on December 28, 2020. Fined £400. Also ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge and £85 in costs. Banned from driving for 16 months.

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PHILLIPA MORRIS, 50, of Kings Road, Ascot, admitted drink-driving in Bolton Avenue, Windsor, on July 29, 2020. Found to have 86 mcg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, exceeding the limit of 35mcg. Fined 3800. Also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and court costs of £85. Disqualified from driving for 20 months. 

February 2:
JORDAN DICKINSON, 21, of Durham Close, Wokingham, admitted drug-driving in Beech Lane, Earley, on July 16, 2020. Found to have cocaine in his system. Fined £350. Also told to pay a victim surcharge of £35, and court costs of £85. He was banned from driving for 12 months. 

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February 4:
LEE BARRITT, 46, of Deepdale, Bracknell, admitted stealing food and alcohol worth £24.50 from a BP Garage in Bracknell on February 29, 2020. Also admitted stealing alcohol worth £31 from a BP garage in Bracknell on March 8, 2020, and admitted failing to surrender to custody at Reading Magistrates’ Court having been released on bail on October 27, 2020. Sentenced to 42 days in prison suspended for 12 months due to severity of offence and previous record. Also ordered to pay £56.50 compensation.

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