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Professor Green given driving ban

21 Mar 2014 at 10:31

Professor Green has been handed a year-long driving ban after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

The 30-year-old star, whose real name is Stephen Manderson, was arrested on suspicion of being over the limit on November 3 last year.

At a hearing at Bromley Magistrates' Court, David Hislop QC, defending, said that he got behind the wheel of his Mercedes after being robbed of his £40,000 Rolex watch on the doorstep of his home in Tyrwhitt Road, Lewisham, south east London.

The court heard how Manderson thought his wife, reality TV star Millie Mackintosh, was being chased by the attacker. She had screamed and fled following the incident.

Breathalyser tests showed that Manderson was found to have driven with 52 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath, over the legal limit of 35.

In court Manderson, who made his name with I Need You Tonight, confirmed his name, age and address and pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was made to pay £525 in fines and costs and will have to undergo a drink-driver rehabilitation course so that his 12-month disqualification might be cut to nine months.

Police received a call at about 2.40am on the day Manderson was caught. They attended Tyrwhitt Road following reports of a robbery, but when they arrived they discovered that a Mercedes had crashed into a van.

Copyright Press Association 2014