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Saturday 20 September 2014

The Voice of Ireland's Jamelia gets road ban for driving without insurance

Anthony Barnes, Press Association

Published 17/01/2014 | 20:28

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LONDON - SEPTEMBER 17:  Jamelia attends the Sass & Bide s/s 2011 catwalk show at the Royal Opera House during London Fashion Week on September 17, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
Jamelia has been banned from driving for 45 days
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05:  Singer Jamelia attends the Royal film performance of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" on December 5, 2013 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
The singer is a mentor on The Voice of Ireland

The Voice of Ireland's Jamelia has told of her regret after she was fined and banned from the road for driving without insurance.

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The presenter and singer - whose hits include Superstar - was penalised by magistrates in Redditch, Worcestershire, this week, after they heard that she had thought the online policy would be automatically renewed.

She said today that she was "horrified" to find she was not properly insured and warned others to be vigilant about their insurance arrangements to avoid the same mistake.

Jamelia said: "I was horrified when I was told that I was driving my car without insurance.

"Unfortunately, it is an easy mistake to make in a busy life when you do your insurance online. In the interests of everyone's road safety I would urge everyone who does so to check carefully exactly when their policies are due for renewal.

"Certainly, driving without insurance is not something I would ever knowingly have done and I am sorry that I did so inadvertently."

She was given a 45-day ban and fined £455 with £60 costs after pleading guilty to driving without third party insurance and with defective tyres.

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