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Speeding points deal ends in jail

Rear view of a speed camera08/01/13

A motorist who paid another man £250 to falsely take his penalty points for speeding has been sent to prison for five months.

Scott Woodburn, 32, advertised on Facebook for someone to take his speeding penalty in return for payment, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership said.

Daniel Baggaley, a 26-year-old from Lower Manor, Sheffield, took him up on the offer and he subsequently found himself with a 11-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, and a 12-month supervision order.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership - which represents organisations including police, councils and the Highways Agency - expressed the hope that the judicial sentencing will act as a warning to anyone who might consider such an "irresponsible" action.

He added: "It is a crime to admit an offence on behalf of someone else. If someone approaches you to admit an offence on their behalf you should inform the police."

The incident happened after Woodburn was clocked driving above the speed limit on Sheffield's A61 Halifax Road on November 6 2011. The 32-year-old was also disqualified from driving when he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on December 19.

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