Security guard fined for borrowing council car to ‘nip home’

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A SECURITY guard who illegally borrowed a Sheffield Council car to “nip home” for his dinner has been convicted of aggravated vehicle taking.

Stephen Carroll, aged 49, was caught after he got the Ford Mondeo stuck on a bollard, causing nearly £3,700 of damage and immobilising the vehicle.

Carroll, of Cowper Crescent, Fox Hill, told Sheffield Magistrates’ Court staff at the council’s Staniforth Road vehicle depot would often borrow vehicles, even driving them to football matches or on holiday.

But prosecutor Katherine Ashton told the judge Carroll was employed by an agency, which meant he was breaking insurance rules when he got behind the wheel. Only council employees are insured to drive the cars.

She added he had taken the car to go home “to check on his wife, who wasn’t well, and to pick up a meal which he had forgotten.”

But District Judge Anthony Browne said: “Your duty was to supervise security at the depot. Not to go away because you had forgotten your dinner.”

Carroll replied: “If I had asked to nip home some people would not have had a problem with it. I know I shouldn’t have done it, but I haven’t done anything that hasn’t been done before.”

Daniel Foster, defending, said Carroll had been sacked for gross misconduct and would probably lose his security licence.

He said: “This is a very sad set of affairs. He has lost his job and his trade and he may now lose his property because he will have trouble paying his mortgage.”

Mr Browne fined Carroll £150 for aggravated vehicle taking, with a £15 victim surcharge, an £85 contribution to legal costs and a 12-month driving ban.