Suspended sentence for former councillor

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An ex-East Lindsey District Councillor who lied to try and evade detection when caught by a speed camera has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Andrew Ferryman, who was elected to represent the Sutton on Sea North ward in May 2011 but later stood down due to ill health, was clocked at 39 mph in a 30 mph limit on the B1200 at Salfleetby.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday, said police wrote to Ferryman after the February 2011 offence requesting details of the driver but received no response.

A second letter resulted in Ferryman claiming the driver was James Howard, giving an address in Church Lane, Sutton.

Mr Scott said inquiries indicated Mr Howard had left to live in Australia and officers put a note through Ferryman’s door asking him to contact them.

They later received an email from an account in the name of Nicholas Hall saying Ferryman had moved away and had left no forwarding address, subsequently Ferryman was arrested and admitted he was the driver.

Ferryman, 44, formerly of Camelot Gardens, Sutton on Sea, and now of Hallcroft, Retford, admitted charges of perverting the course of justice, making a false statement to obtain insurance and driving without insurance. The offences arose after he was caught speeding in February 2011.

Graham Huston, defending, said Ferryman, a former social worker, had served his community and deserved a chance.He said Ferryman has health problems requiring 28 different medications a day and is given 34 hours home care a week.

Ferryman was given a four month jail sentence suspended for a year, a 12 month driving ban and was ordered to pass an extended retest before he is allowed a full licence.

Judge Michael Heath told him: “I want to emphasise that despite all the good things that can be said about you, if it were not for your health you would go straight into custody.”