A DRINK driver who drove a car on the M60 motorway has been sentenced to do 120 hours of unpaid work by Manchester magistrates.The court heard how Davide Spanu, aged 50, of Bury New Road, Whitefield, had drunk two and a half times the legal alcohol limit when he drove the Ford Fiesta on September 15. He pleaded guilty to committing the offence and was sentenced to eight weeks in prison suspended for 12 months. He was also banned from driving for 40 months and was ordered to pay £207 in costs and charges.

MAGISTRATES have jailed a man for 14 weeks after he spat at a detention officer on his birthday. Aurfan Younis, aged 25, of Nuttall Street, Bury, pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker on August 15. The court heard that Younis spat in the eye and mouth of the officer who was trying to help him. Magistrates were told that he has a history of failing to engage with non-custodial sentences and refuses to be rehabilitated. In addition to the jail term, Younis was ordered to pay his victim £200 in compensation.

A SPORTS car driver who failed to stop after colliding with another vehicle has been ordered to do 40 hours of unpaid work. At Manchester Magistrates’ Court Stephanie Nixon, aged 25, of Walmersley Old Road, Bury, pleaded guilty to committing the offence as well as careless driving and having no insurance. She had been driving and Audi TT on Rochdale Road, Bury, on May 21 when it was involved in a collision with a Peugeot. She was ordered to pay £170 in costs and changes and eight penalty points were added to her licence.

A TEENAGER who damaged tyres belonging to his neighbours on July 24 has been sentenced to a conditional discharge for two years. Damion Scott, aged 18, of Fern Street, Ramsbottom, pleaded guilty to committing the offences. He was ordered to pay compensation of £406 to his victims and a restraining order was made banning him from contacting them or going near their properties.

A BANNED driver was caught drink driving and without insurance. At Manchester Magistrates' Court Jason Nicholas, aged 49, of Market Street, Tottington, pleaded guilty to driving a Vauxhall on Farm Crescent, Bury, on July 21while he was disqualified from holding a licence, had no insurance and had drunk more than double the legal level of alcohol. Magistrates ordered that he be electronically tagged and made subject to a 10pm to 4.30am curfew for 12 weeks. He was also banned from applying for a driving licence for three years and was ordered to pay £85 towards prosecution costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

MAGISTRATES have sentenced a man to do 80 hours of unpaid work after he admitted growing eight cannabis plants. Carl Hobson, aged 33, of St John's Court, Radcliffe, pleaded guilty to committing the offence on August 26. Hobson was also ordered to participate in 15 days of rehabilitation activities and pay £175 in costs and charges.