A MAN from Settle took his grandmother’s car without her consent and stopped off at a petrol station where he put in £25 of petrol and left without paying, heard Skipton Magistrates.

Ryan Matthew Heywood, 37, was later stopped in Leeds by police. He had been recorded on the Whitefriars Petrol Station CCTV and his grandmother had noticed the keys to her car, a Toyota Yaris, had gone missing, the court was told today (Friday).

Heywood admitted taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent on November 22, making off without payment, and driving without insurance.

The court was told Heywood was a recovering drug addict who had been as 'high as a kite' at the time, and could remember nothing about what had happened. He had since bought the car from his grandmother, but had taken it off the road and had no intention of using it.

Heywood, of Constitution Hill, was given a 12 week community order with 12 week curfew with electronic tag between 8pm and 8am. For driving without insurance, his licence was endorsed with six penalty points. He will also have to pay compensation of £28.08 to the petrol station.