Flintoff escapes speeding ban

  • Last Updated: August 28 2014, 14:50 BST

Andrew Flintoff has escaped a driving ban for speeding in his Bentley after arguing "exceptional hardship" to magistrates.

Andrew Flintoff; Admitted speeding charge
Andrew Flintoff; Admitted speeding charge

Flintoff, 36, was already on nine points for speeding and in danger of an automatic ban with another three points after admitting being behind the wheel when caught on camera doing 87mph on the M6, near Linstock, Cumbria on January 28 this year, Carlisle Magistrates' Court heard.

But JPs accepted a ban would amount to exceptional hardship because of the effect on others who rely on his extensive charity work. The privacy of his three children was also cited.

Instead, the former England captain, caught speeding four times in the last three years, was given the three points on his licence and fined £330 but allowed to keep driving.

His solicitor Michael Neofytou told the court a ban would also affect his TV work - with the defendant due to be filming a show on Friday in Northern Ireland, a "road trip" where he drives a fish-and-chip van powered by the its own cooking fat.

Flintoff, who played for Lancashire in their NatWest T20 Blast final defeat to Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston last weekend, sat listening to his solicitor outline his case for most of the 45-minute hearing.

He was warned after arguing exceptional hardship he would not be able to use the same reasons again in court if he were caught speeding again in the next three years.