Singer Ian Brown avoids driving ban

Musician Ian Brown has escaped a driving ban despite being caught speeding at 105mph on the northbound M6 motorway.

The Stone Roses lead singer, who admitted speeding at Chester Magistrates' Court at an earlier hearing, was fined £650 and given six penalty points on his licence.

The court also ordered Brown to pay £300 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Magistrates were told that a road ban could cause Brown "insurmountable" difficulties in seeing his 11-year-old son, who lives in London with his mother.

Nick Freeman, Brown's lawyer, also argued that the singer would find it difficult to attend Stone Roses band rehearsals if he is banned from driving.

Brown initially denied he had been travelling at such a speed, but later pleaded guilty.

The celebrity lawyer said Brown changed his plea to guilty before his trial when he realised that the speed clocked by the police was correct.

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