Missing car was driven by son

A MUM reported her car missing, only to discover her own son had taken it.

Daniel McLean’s mum returned home and found that her silver Renault Clio car had been taken from outside her home in the Fens area of Hartlepool and contacted police.

But it was later discovered that the person who had taken her vehicle was her son who said he had taken it because he just “fancied a drive around”.

The 18-year-old appeared before Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving without insurance and driving while otherwise in accordance with a licence, on March 21.

Prosecutor Joanne Hesse told justices: “He said he’d taken his mother’s car and had no permission to do so and fully admitted not having a licence or insurance to drive it.

“He said he just fancied a drive around. Eventually the vehicle turned up at Lidl, in Jesmond Road, Hartlepool, where the defendant had left it in the hands of a family friend.”

Mitigating, Stuart Haywood said: “I’d ask you to give him credit for his early guilty plea. It’s very straight forward really.

“Temptation got the better of him and he fancied driving around in a car so he took his mother’s vehicle.

“It was returned to his mother in a safe and good condition.”

Chairman of the bench Geoff Morley fined McLean, of Truro Drive, £100 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.