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Actor argued that six-month speeding ban would clash with new comedy series
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 – 6:29am
Steve Coogan has escaped a six-month driving ban after successfully arguing that a new series featuring his Alan Partridge character could not be filmed on public transport.
The comedy actor was caught driving his Porsche at 36mph in a 30mph zone in East Sussex, earning him a three-point penalty on his driving licence. Coogan, who already had nine points from previous offences, faced an automatic six-month ban.
However, magistrates in Crawley opted to ban him from driving for just two months after hearing that a lengthier time off the road would force him to cancel an Alan Partridge travelogue series he is set to film for the BBC.
“Aha!” cries The Times, “It is just the sort of excuse that Alan Partridge would have attempted.”
According to the Daily Mail “Coogan admitted his driving record was not good but claimed he has now taken steps to alter his behaviour”. However, Nick Lloyd, acting head of road safety for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: “It is disappointing that Steve Coogan, who has already a history of speeding offences, has received a shorter driving ban.”
Coogan said that the show, due to start filming in the autumn, features the character driving around Britain meeting people.
“The whole nature of the series is that it is …read more
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