A 23 YEAR old, struggling to cope with the breakdown of a relationship, drove to Skipton on a provisional licence and without insurance, heard magistrates.

Connor Dummett, was stopped by police on the A59 between Bolton Abbey and Skipton. He had only a provisional licence and was not a named driver on the vehicle insurance, the court was told today (Friday).

Dummett, who admitted using a vehicle without third party insurance and driving otherwise in accordance with a licence, had passed his theory test, but had never sat the practical test, the court heard.

In mitigation, Keith Blackwell said Dummett had been upset at the breakdown of his relationship and had become quite ill. He had gone missing on August 12 and his mother, who he lives with, had become concerned and had notified the police.

Dummett, of Gonville Court, Darlington, had his licence endorsed with eight penalty points and was fined £120, with costs of £85 and £34 surcharge.