BASINGSTOKE magistrates fined a man who stole a crate of cider from a shop over the festive period.

Scott Campbell, of Winchester Road, Andover, entered the Tesco superstore in River Way on December 7, 2019, and took a crate of cider before leaving the shop without paying.

At Basingstoke magistrates court on Tuesday, January 14, when asked how he intended to plead to the theft the 31-year-old replied: “Guilty – it was a drunken mistake.”

Campbell was made to pay £10 in compensation to cover the cost of the stolen cider, as well as a £32 victim surcharge and £85 in costs. He was also fined £46 for the offence, taking his total bill to £173.

Leaving the court room, Campbell quipped: “Expensive f***ing crate of beer, wasn’t it?”

A BASINGSTOKE man who drove 35 miles over the speed limit faces disqualification from driving.

Wesley Schinkel, of Lehar Close, was caught driving his Volvo at 84mph on the M27 eastbound on August 29, 2019. Roadworks meant that the speed limit was 50mph at the time.

The case was brought to Basingstoke magistrates court on last week but was adjourned to Aldershot magistrates court on February 6 to consider a disqualification from driving.

A THIEF who stole more than £100 of alcohol from a Basingstoke supermarket was fined by magistrates this week.

John Wagstaff, of Fiske Close, Basingstoke, stole £104 worth of alcohol from Morrisons on Thursday, January 9.

The following day he pleaded guilty to the offence at Basingstoke magistrates court.

The 38-year-old was fined £80 and made to pay a £32 victim surcharge and £40 in costs, taking his total bill to £152.

AN OLD Basing driver was hit with a £275 bill after failing to stop at a traffic light in Basingstoke.

Hirok Ashrafuzzaman was driving his Skoda Superb in the town on May 25, last year, when he drove through a red light at Eastrop roundabout.

He pleaded not guilty to the offence on Friday, January 10, at Basingstoke magistrates court but was later found to be guilty.

Magistrates fined him £160 and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £80 costs.

A 29-YEAR-OLD man from Basingstoke was given a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to breaching a non-molestation order.

James Kelly, of Worting Road, admitted to sending a text message to a woman when he had previously been prohibited from doing so.

The message was sent on December 30, last year, and the non-molestation order preventing him from sending the message had been imposed on July 1.

Kelly was discharged conditionally for six months and made to pay a £21 victim surcharge plus £85 in costs.

A BASINGSTOKE man was made to pay more than £1,000 for failing to give identification to a police officer when asked to do so.

Jason Turner, of Freemantle Close, was asked to provide identification relating to the driver of a blue Renault in Whitchurch on May 29, 2019.

The 47-year-old pleaded not guilty to the offence on October 30 last year but on Monday, January 13, a verdict was reached at Basingstoke magistrates court in his absence.

He was fined £660 and made to pay a £66 victim surcharge and costs of £620, taking his total bill to £1,346.

A MAN who drove on the M3 whilst using his mobile phone was fined £220 by magistrates last week.

Pawel Walinski, of Wolverton Road, Bournemouth, was caught committing the crime on August 30, last year.

Basingstoke magistrates made him pay a victim surcharge of £32 and costs of £85, taking his total bill to £337.