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Monday 27 January 2020

Millionaire star escapes car ban over 'hardship'

Andrew Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff

Pat Hurst

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

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

But the court accepted a ban would amount to exceptional hardship because of the effect on others who rely on his extensive charity work and the privacy of his three children. His solicitor also said a ban would affect his TV work.

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

Irish Independent

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