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Mazda MX5 drivers accused of ‘doughnuts’ at Oxford Parkway car meet


Oct 13, 2022

Two men have appeared in court accused of doing ‘doughnuts’ at car meet in Oxford Parkway car park.

Lewis Clarke, 21, and Thomas Hawkins, 21, both pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving when they appeared before Oxford Magistrates’ Court in separate hearings on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Ann Sawyer-Brandish told the justices that both men were accused of carrying out ‘doughnut’ manoeuvres – where the car is spun in a tight cicle – during a car meet in the car park at Oxford Parkway railway station, Kidlington, on May 28.

Both men were driving Mazda MX5 sports cars, albeit they were not in the same vehicle.

Clarke, of Gainfield, near Stanford in the Vale, elected trial by judge and jury at the crown court. He will appear before an Oxford judge on November 10 for a trial preparation hearing.

Hawkins, of Bow Bank, Longworth, will be tried at the magistrates’ court on February 1.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.

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