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Stolen vehicle returned following ownership dispute
CAR RETURNED: Following a dispute about ownership, police today agreed to return a vehicle belonging to Newsquest Yorkshire and North-East – owners of The Northern Echo. Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard that the Ford Fiesta car had been stolen from the company’s Brunswick Street premises in February and sold on to an individual who bought it in good faith. Police recovered the car in March but kept it in storage until ownership could be proved.
FAIR FIGHT: A teenager who assaulted another girl in a drunken fight after a visit to a North-East fair was given a conditional discharge at Darlington Magistrates Court today (Tuesday October 29). Georgina Ellen Taylor, 18, pulled the hair of another woman and punched her in the face following a series of arguments on Friday October 18. Taylor – of Killinghall Row, Middleton St George – was given a six month conditional discharge and ordered to pay compensation of £50 and costs of £55 after pleading guilty to assault by beating.
DRUNK DRIVER: A man who reversed his car into another vehicle whilst over the limit was today disqualified from driving for three years. Following the incident on Sunday October 20, Craig Ramsay – of Victoria Road, Darlington – was reported to police when the vehicle’s owner smelled alcohol on his breath. Stephanie Thompson, mitigating at Darlington Magistrates Court, said the 26-year-old had been drinking with friends during the day but believed he was sober when he got into his car. Ramsay, who pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle with alcohol level above the limit, was also ordered to pay a fine of £110 and costs of £105.
SHOP THEFT: A shoplifter was fined today after stealing coffee and washing up liquid from a supermarket on Saturday October 19. Drug user Katie Lee Carruthers stole the items to sell for heroin, Darlington Magistrates Court heard today (Tuesday October 29). Carruthers – of Tom Raine Court, Darlington – was ordered to pay a fine of £37 and a victim surcharge of £20. The items were recovered.