Ledley King: Football star banned from driving

Tottenham and England footballer Ledley King was today banned from driving for 56 days after being clocked travelling at 105mph in a black Mercedes CL.

King, 30, of Cuffley, Hertfordshire, was also fined 800 and ordered to pay 250 costs after appearing before magistrates in Sudbury, Suffolk.

He entered a written guilty plea at an earlier hearing after being clocked by police on the A14 near Newmarket, Suffolk, in June.

King had argued he had been travelling at no more than 95mph - not the 105mph recorded by a policeman using a laser speed gun.

But, at a hearing last month, magistrates ruled that the footballer had been correctly clocked driving at 35mph above the speed limit.

Magistrates adjourned sentencing until today and said King should appear in person.

King also admitted the Mercedes had tinted side windows which allowed an "insufficient transmission of light". Magistrates imposed a separate fine of 100.

Prosecutor Lesla Small said King was clocked on a dual carriageway with a 70mph limit at Exning shortly after 10pm on June 29.

She said police noticed the car's tinted windows after stopping King.

Phillip Lucas, for King, said the footballer had six penalty points on his licence - imposed after he was twice clocked

travelling "moderately" over 30mph limits in 2009.

He said King had driven around 30,000 miles in the past year.

Magistrates' chairman Hugh Newman told King: "You were going very quickly."

King spoke only to confirm personal details. He said nothing as he was driven away after the hearing.

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