Football star fined for speeding

Newcastle United striker Peter Lovenkrands has been fined after being caught for speeding at twice the limit, but escaped a driving ban.

In May, the 30-year-old was caught on camera driving his Audi RS4 at 60mph in a 30mph zone on Benton Lane, near the Magpies' Little Benton training ground.

He pleaded guilty to the offence before North Tyneside magistrates and was fined £670 and ordered to pay £30 costs with a £15 victim surcharge.

The Danish footballer, a former Rangers star, also had six penalty points added to his licence and now faces a steepercar insurance bill.

Lovenkrands, of Braehead in Thorntonhall, Glasgow, apologised to the court for his actions, saying: "I just want to say I'm really sorry for what I did and really sorry for taking up your time today."

His solicitor Emma Feeney told the bench that Lovenkrands, who also has a home in Newcastle, had an exemplary driving record.

She said: "He has held a clean driving licence for 12 years. In that time he has had no fixed penalty or endorsement. It was a momentary lapse in concentration over a very short period of time."

Chairman of the bench Chris Benneworth said he spared the player a ban after taking into consideration his driving record and early guilty plea.

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