Comedian Bailey gets speeding ban

A comedian has been given a six-month driving ban and a fine after being caught speeding.

Bill Bailey was caught driving at 40mph in a 30mph area and was disqualified because of existing points on his licence from previous convictions.

The 43-year-old was in Cornwall to perform at The Eden Project in July last year when the Volvo he was driving was caught on camera on the A390 at Doubletrees, St Blazey.

He was found guilty of speeding on December 10, but did not attend court.

Last week Mr Bailey appeared at Liskeard Magistrates' Court for sentencing and gave his real name as Mark Bailey and his address at Hammersmith Grove, London.

Vivian Tanchel, representing Bailey, said he had not attended court in December because he did not know about the hearing.

She told magistrates that post had gone missing from his home for a number years and an elderly neighbour was suspected of hoarding it.

The magistrates fined Mr Bailey £500 with £60 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

His licence was endorsed with three penalty points, bringing the total on his licence to 15 and activating the six-month minimum ban.

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