Socialite begs to keep licence because ‘she’ll have to use public transport’

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A Cheshire socialite who was stopped by police after “swerving” over the road on her way back from a night out pleaded with a judge not to ban her from driving because it would have a “massive impact” on her lifestyle if she had to use public transport.

Kay Holcroft, 24, posted photos of herself drinking in Didsbury cocktail bar Albert's to Instagram and captioned them "Hello weekend – it's been a while”.

But later that night, after collecting her 2.0-litre BMW 116D Sport from a train station car park, Holcroft was spotted by police swerving around the roads as she drove the short distance to her parents’ £1.2m home in the affluent village of Prestbury near Alderley Edge.

Prosecutor Gareth Hughes told Stockport Magistrates Court: "Police were on patrol in the Prestbury area and when just after midnight they saw the defendant's BMW swerving and being driven in an erratic manner.

Police stopped Holcroft outside The Ye Olde Admiral Rodney pub.

"She said she had visited a public house in Manchester and as the officers approached, they could smell alcohol on her breath, her eyes were also bloodshot and glazed. She confirmed she had been drinking with a friend an hour beforehand in Manchester. She undertook a breathalyser test."

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Tests showed Holcroft had 56 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

In mitigation defence solicitor Sam Fixter said: "This defendant has no previous convictions or cautions, and she has a clean driving record.

"She had been in Manchester and had been for a meal with a friend. She had a few glasses of wine and got the train back home. She thought because of the lapse of time while travelling on the train, that there had been enough time for the alcohol to dissipate and therefore be able to drive home. Unfortunately, this was not the case, and she was over the limit.

"Her car was parked in a secluded car park just a few minutes' walk from where she lives but she did not want to leave her car overnight.

"She is extremely remorseful," he added. "She works in Cheetham Hill, Manchester as an Account Assistant and this case will have a massive impact on her as she will now have to use various public transport links to get to work."

Holcroft, whose parents run a company supplying equipment for fork lift trucks, was also fined £200 and ordered to pay £119 in costs and surcharges.

JP Mayor Shah told her: "We have taken into consideration the work you do, but if you have had a drink, you should get a taxi.

"You do not know what your body can take. Go out and have a drink but book a taxi next time. A taxi would have been much cheaper than losing your license for 15 months. I hope you have got that message.”

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