1. ITV Report

Speeding in Essex: Driver claims his gran in Africa did it

A man tried to escape a speeding fine by blaming it on his grandmother - who lived more than 3,000 miles away, could not drive and had never visited the UK.

Dillon Coke from Dagenham was caught on camer warlier this year Credit: PA Wire

26-year-old Dillon Coke was snapped by a speed camera doing 51mph on a 40mph stretch of the A127 in Laindon in Essex, in January. He told police he was not driving his VW Polo at the time, saying his grandmother was responsible.

Dillon Coke appeared at Basildon Crown Court Credit: Press Association

But police found out she lived in Sierra Leone and could not have been behind the wheel. Dillon Coke admitted perverting the course of justice when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court.

He was given a six-month jail sentence suspended for 12 months, told to carry out 100 hours of work in the community and ordered to pay £500 in costs.