A man who was caught driving without the right insurance has been spared a ban - becausse he has a severe back problem. 

Clifford Gaisford, of Fullers Close in Chesham, was caught driving a vehicle on the A413 in Gerrards Cross on October 25 last year without third party insurance. 

According to a check on the number plate, the vehicle the 55-year-old was driving at the time was a white Ford Fiesta. 

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His case was heard at Wycombe Magistrates' Court on June 15, but he was spared a 'totting up' disqualification due to mitigating circumstances. 

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The court found a ban would cause him "exceptional hardship" because he has a severe back problem that leaves him with limited mobility and he would struggle to access local shops. 

They also heard his family live "a distance away" so a ban would leave him isolated. 

Instead of a ban, he was fined £120, ordered to pay costs of £110 and a victim surcharge of £34 - and his driving record was endorsed with seven points.