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Driver who lied after being caught speeding in South Cumbria is jailed

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A MOTORIST who repeatedly lied to police staff after being caught speeding in South Cumbria has been jailed.

David Kristian Lancaster’s vehicle was captured on camera travelling at 52mph in a 40mph zone on the A65 close to Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, at 5-30am in November, 2017.

But after being sent a notice of intended prosecution, 39-year-old Lancaster maintained to central ticket office staff that he’d sold the vehicle more than a fortnight beforehand – a lie he repeated as an investigation progressed.

He even doctored a works time sheet as he falsely sought to claim he was working elsewhere in the UK on the day of the speeding offence. But the tall story fell apart when his employer said he’d been based in Carlisle that day, and analysis of his phone showed the device in Kirkby Lonsdale that morning.

Despite denials, family man Lancaster, of Edisford Road, Clitheroe, eventually admitted perverting the course of justice. Carlisle Crown Court heard today (FRI) he had nine points on his licence at the time and was seeking to avoid a ban which would have cost him his job. “He is deeply ashamed and embarrassed by his actions,” said Neil Howard, defending.

Jailing Lancaster for eight months, Judge David Potter told him: “The irony is you have avoided the three points by totting-up but it has led to you losing your liberty.”

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