A BANNED driver who drove to get a hair cut has avoided jail.

Liam Page decided to take friends for a trip to have the trim but was ignoring court orders by doing so.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, said officers spotted a Vauxhall Astra driving along Mersea Road in Colchester.

They noted the insurance was in the name of a woman so stopped the car.

Page, 23, now of Astley Road, Clacton, admitted driving while disqualified at Colchester Magistrates’ Court as well as driving without insurance.

Page was on a suspended sentence for offences in Colchester.

He had trashed a house after crashing a car into the wall of a house, refused a breath test, had a lock knife and found to be producing cannabis.

He was ordered to pay £500 compensation for the damage.

Page admitted growing Class B drug cannabis in Colchester and magistrates handed him the 20 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months.

For refusing the breath test following the crash, in St Johns Road, Colchester, Page was disqualified from holding a driving licence for 29 months.

In November, he was jailed after breaching the suspended sentence when he was caught in Colchester with cannabis and a knife.

He admitted the offences, was jailed for the new offences, and the suspended sentence was activated. He was released early from prison on licence.

But while on licence he drove while disqualified and without insurance.

Lucy Osbourne, mitigating, said: “He knows he has made a mistake.

“You will see he has previous convictions and he is not proud of it.”

Page was sentenced to a 12 month community order with six points on his licence, when he gets it back next year.