AN 84-YEAR-OLD was fined more than £300 after hitting a car and failing to stop on a busy road.

Martin Shallcross, of Wallmead Farm, Wardour, Tisbury, was driving along Station Road in Salisbury on September 4 last year when he tried to park his car and scraped another.

Heard by Salisbury Magistrates’ Court on Friday, June 4, Shallcross then reversed his Ford Focus and drove away from the area.

Shallcross failed to report what had happened as soon as was reasonably practical or within 24 hours.

The cars were identified by a nearby pub that had recorded the car’s registration number.

In mitigation, Richard Griffiths told the court that a local football match taking place at the time of the incident had caused cars to park “haphazardly”.

He added that Shallcross did not think he had hit a car or needed to check, otherwise he would have left a note.

Mr Griffiths said: “[Shallcross] needed to manoeuvre at a slower pace to get through the gaps that other people had left.

“He honestly thought he had achieved getting through the gap without hitting any other vehicles. The gap was so narrow he ought to have got out and had a look.”

Shallcross was fined £333 and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and costs of £85.

Five points were added to his driving licence.

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