No fear as Ian Brown escapes charge

Musician Ian Brown, the former Stone Roses singer, has had a driving charge against him dropped.

The 47-year-old, from Lymm, Cheshire, had appeared before magistrates in Waltham Forest, north-east London, but was told he could leave.

He was accused of failing to identify the driver of a car who allegedly committed a speeding offence but the prosecution could produce no evidence against Brown.

After talking with the musician's lawyer, the Crown Prosecution Service's Sabrina Samaroo said she would not be offering any evidence.

Magistrate Alan Sims told Brown: "You have heard the prosecutor say that she is offering no evidence. That means you are free to go."

A statement issued outside the court by Freeman & Co solicitors, which represented Brown, said the singer was summonsed with failing to furnish driver details, after allegedly ignoring both a speeding notice and a reminder.

The case arose after a car registered in Brown's name was flashed doing 65mph in a 50mph limit at 10.30pm on November 16 last year, on the A40 near RAF Northolt, the firm said in a statement.

Brown failed to respond to both a speeding notice and a reminder, so a summons was issued for him to appear before court, Freeman & Co said.

Nick Freeman, the celebrity lawyer who represented Brown, said he was "delighted" by the result but criticised the CPS for taking so long in making its decision.

He said the summons was "defective" as the date of the alleged offence on it was incorrect.

Had he been found guilty, Brown's licence would have automatically been endorsed with six points.

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