The lead singer of the Stone Roses, Ian Brown, has been banned from driving after being caught speeding at 93mph through roadworks on a motorway, where the limit was 40mph. It is the third time he has been caught breaking the speed limit in four years.
Brown, 48, appeared before Stoke-on-Trent magistrates court where a district judge told him his speed went “off the scale”. He was caught on camera on the M6 near Stafford in his Lexus on 12 October last year as he headed home to Cheshire. Initially he denied the offence, but later changed his plea to guilty. District judge David Taylor told him: “Speed limits are not imposed on a motorway unless there are very good reasons. Those reasons are almost always concerning public safety.”
His barrister, Craig MacGregor, in mitigation, said Brown also used his car to shop for his elderly parents. He was a “caring father and family man”. The court heard how the singer had initially denied the charge, claiming that the “camera must be wrong” because he “could not have been going at 93mph”.
He was also fined £900 and ordered to pay costs of £1,015.
Judge Taylor warned he would face prison if caught behind the wheel during the disqualification period.
He ordered that six points from a previous offence in April this year – when he was caught speeding at 105mph on the M6 in Cheshire – should remain on his licence.
Brown’s solicitor, Nick Freeman, later said: “He accepts he should not have been travelling at the speed he was. He accepts the court’s sentence with good grace and is now looking forward with enthusiasm to the next stage of his career.”
Tickets for the Stone Roses’ reunion tour have been selling for £1,500 on internet auction sites after the band announced their return last month. The dates in the band’s home city of Manchester sold out in just over an hour.
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