Banstead man, 71, was driving for 50 years without a licence
A 71-YEAR-OLD scrap metal dealer has pleaded guilty to driving without a licence for 50 years after his run of good luck ended outside a scrap yard in Croydon.
Police who stopped George Walker, of Carshalton Road in Banstead, were "astonished" to discover there was no trace of him ever having had a licence.
Walker told officers he must have a licence because he had been driving for 50 years – but officers arrested and charged him.
PC Gladwell of Sutton Safer Parks Team, who made the original arrest, said: "It seems incredible to think that he has been driving around for 50 years without a licence."
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Walker was stopped during a police operation to crack down on metal thieves.
He was due to appear at Croydon Magistrates' Court on February 1, charged with driving "not in accordance with a driving licence" and without insurance.
When he skipped the court hearing, a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was caught on March 26.
He received six penalty points, was disqualified from driving until he had passed his test, fined £115 and ordered to pay costs of £40.
Because he had no licence, a record of his penalty points was created on the Police National Computer.
Walker told police his Ford Transit truck had been carrying about £2,000 of scrap metal, which he had been about to sell.
However, police seized the vehicle, which was taken to a car pound. Walker never collected his vehicle and it was crushed, along with its load of scrap.