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Teenager narrowly avoided hitting two cub scouts when performing hand brake turn

PUBLISHED: 12:10 25 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:17 25 January 2018

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A teenager who narrowly avoided hitting two cub scouts while performing a hand brake turn in a scout hall car park has kept his licence.

Thomas Bridges had passed his driving test two months before the incident in Attleborough on June 26 last year.

At around 8.15pm, his Volkswagen Polo was seen driving into the scout hall car park, speeding up and performing a hand brake turn, Norwich Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday.

Bridges, who was 17 at the time, admitted driving without due care and attention and told the court he had “never regretted something so much in my whole life”.

Lucy Miller, prosecuting at Norwich Magistrates Court, said: “It was Monday, 20 June at about 8.15pm when the defendant drove his Volkswagen Polo into the car park of Attleborough scout hall.

“He was seen to drive in, speed up around the corner and was described to perform a hand brake turn, narrowly missing two cub scouts who were in the car park at the time.

“Mr Bridges was subsequently interviewed by officers in December. He said he was aware of what he had done - he did the hand brake turn deliberately. He said he was sorry and it had not been a safe thing to do.

“He said he was not aware there were two small pedestrians nearby when he made the manoeuvre.”

Bridges, 18, who appeared unrepresented, told the court he passed his driving test in April last year.

“I didn’t realise it was a public place,” he told the court. “I thought it was a closed off car park with no laws. Obviously it wasn’t.

“I have never regretted something so much in my whole life”.

Had Bridges been issued six points on his licence the DVLA would have automatically revoked it, as the incident occurred within two years of passing his test.

“If those two scouts had been closer and you took them out you would not be standing there - you would be in the crown court,” chair of the bench, Darren Gilkes, told Bridges.

“It shows how people can be wiped off the face of the planet through stupidity. It was just daft.

“You seem very remorseful. You seem like you have learned your lesson.”

Bridges, of Walnut Close in East Harling, had his licence endorsed with five points and was ordered to pay £175 fine, costs of £85 and a £30 victim surcharge.

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