Peter Owens’ shameful record

DANGEROUS DRIVER: Peter Owens

DANGEROUS DRIVER: Peter Owens

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PETER Owens’ dangerous driving conviction at Teesside Crown Court yesterday was the latest in a long line of appearances by the notorious figure.

The 44-year-old has appeared before judges and magistrates for a string of incidents in the last few years for driving offences and also for violence.

• In April last year he received a suspended prison sentence at Hartlepool Magistrates Court after he was caught driving five high-powered 4x4 cars all without insurance.

He admitted five offences of having no insurance, one of failing to produce a licence, one of having no licence, failing to produce insurance documents, and poaching.

He was also banned from driving for three years.

• In January last year, Owens was given another suspended jail term after being found guilty of threatening to stab a car wash boss and set fire to the business.

It was after he claimed the car wash had damaged the wheels on his S-type Jaguar.

During the trial at Teesside Crown Court he said: “I like big cars because I’m a big man.”

• In May 2012 he was at the centre of a six-hour stand-off with armed police on Seaton Carew beach. Owens drove up and down the beach after a row with his wife Barbara.

He later apologised through the Mail for the inconvenience he caused to people.

• In 2009, Owens was handed a lenient 15-month jail sentence at Teesside Crown Court for a baseball bat attack on two men in a house in Hartlepool in August 2007.

The judge said it was shorter than he would have imposed because of health problems linked to Owens’ 40-stone weight.