Sunderland Audi driver swapped registration plates because he couldn’t afford insurance

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A MAN used another vehicle’s registration plate because he couldn’t afford his own car insurance.

Dean Edward Liddle was seen swapping the registration plate on his Audi A3 on August 23 this year.

Police were called who checked the car and identified that the registration plate belonged to a family in the Humberside area.

The 29-year-old, of Membury Close, Sunderland, was arrested and told police he had bought the vehicle with the plates already on.

He later admitting he had changed the plates as he could not afford insurance and pleaded guilty to fraudulently using a vehicle registration plate.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Liddle previously received a suspended sentence for contempt of court which has now expired.

Lee Fish, defending, said: “This scheme never really got off the ground. It was extinguished immediately after it started.

“He is a sole carer for his young son and he felt he needed to retain the services of a motor vehicle but could not afford the insurance.”

Recorder William Lowe QC told Liddle: “This is a serious offence but I can deal with it by not sending you to prison.”

Recorder Lowe QC sentenced Liddle to a 12 month community order with 12 months supervision.

He must also pay a statutory surcharge of £60.