Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Stone Roses singer avoids ban

Ian Brown had been clocked driving at 105mph

Stone Roses front man Ian Brown has escaped a driving ban after he was clocked speeding at 105mph.

Ian, 48, appeared before Chester magistrates who fined him £650 and endorsed his driving licence with six penalty points after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to speeding in his Lexus car on the M6.

The singer, wearing a shirt and tie and a large black jacket, thanked magistrates after his lawyer Nick Freeman argued that a driving ban would have caused him "insurmountable" difficulties in relation to seeing his 11-year-old son who lives in London with his mother and in attending Stone Roses band rehearsals which are taking place at "a remote secret location".

Ian, who appeared in court under his full name Ian George Brown, was also ordered to pay £300 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

On leaving court, he refused to comment on the case but stopped to sign an autograph for a radio journalist.

Alison Warburton, prosecuting, told the court Brown was caught speeding on the M6 northbound, near Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, on April 25 this year at around 12.30am. She said a police officer followed his car for five miles and that he drove at 105mph for about a mile. His speed never dropped below 94mph, the court heard.

The police officer then pulled Ian over, who disputed that he was driving that fast and initially entered a not guilty plea to the charge.

Mr Freeman, dubbed "Mr Loophole" after successfully defending a number of celebrity clients charged with speeding offences, said Ian changed his plea to guilty before his trial when he realised that the speeds clocked by the police were correct.

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