A MAN who was seen riding a motorbike dangerously with a toddler on board has been sentenced.

Taylor Jones, of Maes Gwyn in Flint, appeared at Mold Magistrates Court on Thursday morning for sentence.

The 20-year-old had admitted four offences at a previous hearing, those being: Dangerous driving, using a motor vehicle without insurance or a valid test certificate, as well as driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson told the court the defendant's offences, which took place on July 27 last year in Flint, were captured on CCTV.

On the day of the offence, he was seen to take a toddler on a motorbike and ride it dangerously in the Tir Digonedd area.

The bike was driven at speed, mounting and 'jumping off' pavements whilst the young child sat in front of the defendant on the vehicle.

And Ms Jackson said it wasn't an isolated case - with two more such incidents taking place on July 30 and 31.

While these two additional incidents didn't result in separate charges for Jones, Ms Jackson invited the court to take them as an aggravating feature.

After showing CCTV of the defendant's conduct, she told the court: "This was a deliberate action on the defendant's part and there's certainly a risk of serious injury or even death to that child.

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"Luckily no harm came to them but it's aggravated by the driving and the vehicle seen mounting and jumping off the pavement."

Wendy Shurrock, defending, said: "This defendant has done everything right in his life, apart from this.

"It's very clear from the CCTV that he lacks maturity and thinking skills.

"This is a 'didn't stop and think about the consequences' case.

"He has an apprenticeship which he has stuck at and is now in the second year of.


"And he has struggled with his mental health and ADHD.

"Despite the challenges he faces, he's a sensible young man who works and support his family."

Chair of the bench, Geoff Bull, told the defendant: "This was  complete lack of awareness and thinking skills.

"You have no idea how serious this is.

"Please take on board the enormity of that could have happened. Never do that again."