South Yorkshire Facebook speeding points plea driver jailed

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A MOTORIST who advertised on Facebook for someone to take the blame after he was caught speeding has been jailed for five months.

Scott Woodburn was caught breaking the speed limit on the A61 Halifax Road in Sheffield on November 6 2011 and posted on Facebook asking someone to take the points for him in return for £250 cash.

Daniel Baggaley, aged 26, of Vikinglea Driver, Lower Manor, Sheffield, took him up on his offer and admitted the offence.

But police from the South Yorkshire Camera Safety Partnership discovered the scam and both men were arrested.

Woodburn, aged 32, refused to cooperate with the police investigation and only pleaded guilty when police revealed forensic evidence that he was the driver.

Woodburn, of Hill Crest Road, Rotherham, was jailed for five months at Sheffield Crown Court, while Baggaley was given an 11-week jail term, suspended for a year, and a 12-month supervision order.

Woodburn was banned from driving for five years.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership said: “Hopefully this case will send a warning to anyone who would consider anything so irresponsible.

“It is a crime to admit an offence on behalf of someone else. If someone approaches you to admit an offence on their behalf, you should inform the police.

“Woodburn showed no regard for anyone else.

“He was prepared to drive at excessive speed and, once caught, rather than changing the manner of his driving, he selfishly paid to have someone else to take the blame so he could continue behaving as before.”