Ashley Young banned from driving

January 31, 2014 | By | In News

Manchester United and England footballer Ashley Young has been banned from driving after being caught speeding.

His Range Rover was captured by a speed camera travelling at 71mph in a 50mph zone on the M6 Toll in Warwickshire.

The 28-year-old was given four penalty points by Warwick Magistrates’ Court after he admitted the offence.

He lost his licence under the ‘totting-up’ rule, as he already had nine points for earlier speeding convictions.

Young had previously been given six points after admitting driving at 100mph on the M62 in January, and three more for a separate, unspecified offence in 2011.

If it was another member of the public here today, they'd be hit with the usual application for £85 costs for a guilty plea, not £405 – Frances Coles-Harrington, defending.

For this latest conviction, Young was handed a six-month driving ban, fined £3,000 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120 and £405 in costs.

In mitigation, Young’s lawyer had argued that the road was quiet at the time of the offence.

She also criticised the Crown Prosecution Services application for costs:

"Just because Mr Young is who he is, £405 for an indication of a guilty plea – if it was another member of the public here today, they'd be hit with the usual application for £85 costs for a guilty plea, not £405," she said, reported the BBC.

However, the Crown Prosecution Service defended the charge, stating that costs were incurred due to Young’s late guilty plea.

The winger was warned by Magistrates that driving while disqualified would likely result in a custodial sentence.

Picture: REX/Kieran McManus/BPI

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