A CHARITY worker has escaped a roads ban after she was caught using her phone while behind the wheel in Hereford.

Deborah Louise Baker entered a guilty plea to one count of using a handheld mobile phone or device while driving a motor vehicle on a road to magistrates in Hereford.

The court heard from the prosecutor that the 54-year-old had been caught using a handheld mobile phone while behind the wheel of a Citroen DS3 in Hereford's Belmont Road on February 9.


Baker, of Elmdale, Ewyas Harold, was fined £85 and received six penalty points for the offence.

She was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £90 and a £34 victim surcharge, which used to help fund services supporting victims of crime.

No totting disqualification was made as, magistrates said, Baker's employer, which is a charity, would lose income if its Hereford shop had to close due to her inability to travel to work, and as a family member with health issues relies on her for support, which requires Baker to drive.