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Driver told to explain why he should not face road ban

By Nevin Farrell

Published 13/08/2016

A man who admitted performing handbrake turns on one of Northern Ireland's most popular beaches has been ordered to attend court to explain why he should not be banned from driving
A man who admitted performing handbrake turns on one of Northern Ireland's most popular beaches has been ordered to attend court to explain why he should not be banned from driving

A man who admitted performing handbrake turns on one of Northern Ireland's most popular beaches has been ordered to attend court to explain why he should not be banned from driving.

Coleraine Magistrates' Court was told yesterday that Daniel Hughes (22), of Caulside Park in Antrim town, was not present at the hearing but had pleaded guilty by letter to a charge of driving without due care and attention on Portstewart Strand on June 2 this year.

People are permitted to drive vehicles on to the north coast beach, and at peak times in the summer there can be hundreds of vehicles parked along the Strand, which stretches for several miles.

District Judge Liam McNally said: "This is a case of careless driving, which was really doing handbrake turns."

He adjourned the case until later this month, and said he wanted Hughes to appear in court to produce his licence and to "make representations as to why he should not be disqualified".

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