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A banned driver was fined £1,000 after travelling to check on his dad in the wake of his grandmother’s coronavirus death.

Thomas Stone, 30, had been banned from the roads for 36 months in May 2018 after being convicted of motoring offences.

But he got back behind the wheel in November last year over concerns about his family’s wellbeing, a court heard.

His dad had lost his mother just prior to the offence, leading to Stone driving to check on him, reports StokeonTrentLive.

The motorist was stopped by a routine police check on the way home and admitted he was banned to officers at the scene.

Appearing at North Staffordshire Justice Centre, Stone was fined £1,000 and made to pay costs – but avoided another ban.

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Stuart Flood, defending, said: “His father’s mother had passed away suddenly after going into hospital for a routine operation.

“She caught Covid and passed away.

“After the funeral had taken place, Mr Stone received a phone call from his father, who was in a bad way.

“Mr Stone was concerned about his father’s welfare.

“He drove 15 minutes to his father’s address, spent some time with him, then was on his way home when he was stopped.

“This was towards the end of a lengthy disqualification period.”

The court heard that Stone had a well-paid job laying Tarmac on roads around the county.

He had also struggled with anxiety and depression during lockdown, Mr Flood said.

Magistrates fined Stone £1,000 and ordered him to pay £135 in court costs and charges.

They decided not to impose a further ban but handed him six penalty points.