I would like to thank Katy Marshall for pointing out to me the error of my ways in owning a four-wheel drive vehicle with a tow bar.
I therefore plead guilty to the charge and await sentence!
However, in deciding my sentence, please could the following facts be taken as mitigating circumstances.
I live at the bottom of a rather steep hill and, in order to attend court in my role as a JP (unpaid), and to have a vehicle with sufficient room to carry out numerous charity functions, it is important I can use my vehicle whatever the road conditions.
It is also needed on medical grounds, as I suffer from osteoarthritis in my hips and knees.
Getting in and out of a smaller vehicle can be painful and difficult.
The tow bar is needed to tow a caravan, as I never fly and holiday only in the UK.
In more general terms, I try to be very conscious of the environment, use a minimum amount of water (United Utilities have even checked the meter to make sure it is working), gas and electric use are kept to a minimum. In fact, my son says my house is the only one he knows where you need to put a coat on to come in – this despite double glazing plus cavity wall and loft insulation.
I recycle all paper, glass, and plastic, I also have a dog so there is no food waste.
In considering all of the above, I plead that my sentence be not too severe, and would pledge in future to wear a hair shirt at all times, give up any luxury or perceived luxury and, if necessary, to take up the life of a hermit and live in a cave!
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