Anger over Beck­ham’s ticket dodge

Sunday Sun - - News -

DAVID Beck­ham has been ac­cused of “shirk­ing his re­spon­si­bil­ity” as a role model af­ter he avoided pros­e­cu­tion over a speed­ing charge on a tech­ni­cal­ity.

The for­mer Eng­land foot­ball cap­tain, 43, en­listed the ser­vices of a celebrity lawyer dubbed “Mr Loop­hole” af­ter he was ac­cused of driv­ing a Bent­ley at 59mph in a 40mph zone in Lon­don.

De­spite ac­cept­ing he was driv­ing the car at that speed, he will not face ac­tion be­cause a no­tice of in­tended pros­e­cu­tion (NIP) was not re­ceived un­til one day af­ter the statu­tory 14-day time limit.

Af­ter a trial at Wim­ble­don Mag­is­trates’ Court on Thurs­day, a judge ac­cepted that the ticket had not ar­rived in time and Beck­ham could not be con­victed.

Joshua Har­ris, di­rec­tor of cam­paigns for Brake, said: “It is hugely dis­ap­point­ing to see a role model like David Beck­ham shirk­ing his re­spon­si­bil­ity and get­ting off a speed­ing pros­e­cu­tion on a mere tech­ni­cal­ity.”

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