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Flintoff Escapes Driving Ban For Speeding
Former England cricket captain Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff has been spared a driving ban for speeding in his Bentley on grounds of "exceptional hardship".
The 36-year-old millionaire already had nine points on his licence for speeding and faced the threat of an automatic ban with another three points.
He admitted being behind the wheel when caught by a camera doing 87mph on the M6, near Linstock in Cumbria, on January 28 this year.
But magistrates' in Carlisle accepted a ban would amount to exceptional hardship because of the effect on others, relating to his charity work and three children.
Instead, the former England cricket captain - caught speeding four times in the last three years - was given three points on his licence but allowed to keep driving.
He was also fined £330.
His solicitor Michael Neofytou, told the magistrates' court a ban would also affect his TV work.
The court heard how the defendant is due to film a show in Northern Ireland, a "road trip" where he drives a fish and chips van powered by the van's cooking fat.
Flintoff, of Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire, attended the 45 minute hearing.
He was warned he would not be able to use the exceptional hardship reason again in court if he was caught speeding in the next three years.
Before his latest conviction Flintoff was caught speeding on August 12, 2011, June 7, 2012 and June 9, 2014, the court heard.