Man caught driving without licence 15 times is jailed

A man caught driving without a licence on at least 15 occasions has been sent back to jail for his latest driving offence.

IPSWICH: A man caught driving without a licence on at least 15 occasions has been sent back to jail for his latest driving offence.

Sean Tyrrell, who has never passed his driving test, admitted driving without a licence or insurance, and taking a vehicle without the owner's permission, at South East Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The 22-year-old also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest after he was pulled over on November 7 by Suffolk Police's 'supercop' Sergeant Ali Livingstone, who famously made 524 arrests between April 2008 and March this year.

Tyrrell was twice spotted driving a Ford Transit, which belonged to someone he was doing casual work for, near his home in Croft Street, Ipswich.


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Sergeant Livingstone was initially unable to apprehend Tyrrell because he was busy making another arrest.

Tyrrell was pulled over later and handcuffed, but he refused to go quietly, insisting on recovering items from the van's glove box before being taken in. A struggle ensued but Tyrrell surrendered when Sergeant Livingstone threatened to use his CS spray on him.

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Anne Grey, defending, said Tyrrell's angina had contributed to his repeated offending.

Stella Newton, presiding, said she had given Tyrrell credit for his guilty plea but deemed the offence so serious that only a custodial sentence was appropriate. She handed him a 22 week jail term.

Tyrrell will also have to complete another 22 week community sentence upon his release and be banned from driving for two years.

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