News, Teesside

Police take woman to court after smoking in car with children

A female motorist is believed to be the first person on Teesside to be prosecuted for smoking while in a car with a child.

Police caught Joanne Jones on Christmas Eve smoking in her car on Union Street, Central Middlesbrough with two young children in a car.

Her registration number was recorded and when officers had a moment they called by her home and she admitted the offence of smoking in a car and was summoned to court.

Legislation was introduced in October 2015 banning anyone smoking in a car with children inside.

Joanne Jones attended court and she received a £120 fine, it is believed only a hand full of people have been convicted since the law came into force.

Only one driver was convicted in its first year within the Northumbria Police area and the second person to be convicted is believed to be Joanne Jones of York Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough.

She was fined at Teesside Magistrates court and ordered to pay £85 court costs and £30 charges.

The case was held behind closed doors making the circumstances of the case unclear.

The case was dealt with by a magistrate and a legal advisor and was not held in public.

The case was not heard in an open court and members of the press were not allowed to attend.

This only is permitted if the case can be proved in the absence or when a guilty plea has been provided.

Defendants are absent, while the public and the press cannot attend.

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