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Driver fined for blind faith in sat-nav

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A driver from Doncaster whose car was left teetering on the edge of a cliff after following his sat-nav has been ordered to pay nearly £900 for driving without due care and attention.

Robert Jones, 43, nearly plunged down the 100ft cliff in his BMW after obeying instructions which sent him along a steep, narrow path, in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, on March 22.

Jones denied the charge at Calderdale Magistrates' Court on Tuesday but was found guilty. He was given a £370 fine and six penalty points on his driving licence.

He was also ordered to pay £500 costs and a £15 victim surcharge when he appeared in court.

Speaking after the incident earlier this year, Jones, who works as a driver, said he trusted his sat-nav system and relied on it for his job.

He said he continued to follow the instructions when it told him the footpath he was driving on was a road.

Police officers were called to the scene after reports that a BMW was hanging off the edge of a cliff off Bacup Road.

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