Cumbria

Bride-to-be Stacey Thompson lied about speeding offence

Charles Golightly and Stacey Thompson Image copyright Craig McGlasson
Image caption Charles Golightly and Stacey Thompson made false reports about who was driving

A woman who lied about a speeding offence committed on the way to her wedding has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Stacey Thompson initially claimed a 70-year-old friend was driving the car spotted speeding on the M6 en route to Gretna Green, rather than her partner.

Thompson, of Lancaster, later admitted perverting the course of justice.

She was sentenced to 18 weeks, suspended for nine months, by the judge at Carlisle Crown Court.

The court was told photographic evidence revealed that 32-year-old Thompson's husband-to-be was the one behind the wheel in March 2016, rather than pensioner Charles Golightly.

Golightly, of Eden Mount Way, Carnforth, also admitted perverting the course of justice, and was handed a three-month sentence, suspended for nine months.

Judge Tony Lancaster told Thompson, of Barley Cop Lane, and Golightly that they had committed a "serious" crime.

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