Drug user was caught driv­ing in a stolen car

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JON MACPHER­SON

ADRUG user who was caught driv­ing a stolen car dan­ger­ously has been given a sus­pended jail sen­tence.

Wayne An­thony Rams­bot­tom, of Bacup Road, Water­foot, was driv­ing a Hyundai I10 on de­spite hav­ing no li­cence or in­sur­ance and drove dan­ger­ously on Whalley Range in Black­burn on April 27 this year.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Pa­trick Wil­liamson told Pre­ston Crown Court that PTSD suf­ferer Rams­bot­tom was in debt to a ‘ third party’ and asked to ‘ trans­port the ve­hi­cle from A to B’.

Mr Wil­liamson ini­tially told the court un­der in­struc­tion from the de­fen­dant that the debt was ‘not re­lated to drugs’ and that in­stead he owed money to a ‘ loan shark’.

How­ever when pros­e­cu­tor Chloe Ford­ham checked Rams­bot­tom’s in­ter­view with po­lice he told of­fi­cers that it was to do with drugs.

Af­ter a short ad­journ­ment, Mr Wil­liamson said: “He ac­cepts this was in re­la­tion to a drugs debt.

“He seems to be seek­ing to ad­dress the drugs habit that’s linked to this of­fend­ing and one he’s had for some time.”

The court was told that one week af­ter the in­ci­dent he was ‘kid­napped by mem­bers of the same group’ and ‘ bun­dled into a car’.

Miss Ford­ham con­firmed that a kid­nap­ping in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Rams­bot­tom was re­ported to po­lice on May 4.

She told the court that he was seen to be ‘bun­dled into a car’ and that the un­known of­fend­ers ‘ threat­ened to slash his throat’ and kill him be­cause the de­fen­dant didn’t have money they were owed.

The court heard that Rams­bot­tom was ‘not phys­i­cally harmed but re­ceived nu­mer­ous threats’.

Miss Ford­ham said: “Po­lice have not been able to lo­cate any­one re­spon­si­ble.”

Rams­bot­tom, 52, pleaded guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing, driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance and no li­cence and han­dling stolen goods.

He was given a 34-week jail sen­tence, which was sus­pended for 15 months with a two-month cur­few be­tween 6pm and 6am, a six- month drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment and a 15-day re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment.

At an ear­lier hear­ing, Judge Gra­ham Knowles QC told Rams­bot­tom: “You are not go­ing to help your­self with any more lies.

“It will get you ab­so­lutely nowhere by ly­ing to pro­ba­tion or through coun­sel. You need to face up to re­al­ity.” ●● Staff at Tesco Hasling­den hand over the money raises for char­ity A CHRIST­MAS Din­ner Dance will raise money for the Rossendale Hospice.

The fundraiser will in­clude a five-course meal and live en­ter­tain­ment from Elvis trib­ute act Jim San­tana & The Mid­night Ve­gas Band.

It will be held on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15 from 7.30pm to 1am at The River­side, Whit­worth Civic Hall, on Mar­ket Street.

Tick­ets are £35 and can be booked by con­tact­ing Jimmy Ea­ton on 07907 595933.

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