Harry Redknapp denies motoring offences
Football manager Harry Redknapp is facing trial after pleading not guilty to two separate motoring offences.
The offences date back to late 2012, when the Queen's Park Rangers boss was accused of speeding in Poole and also failing to provide the identity of a driver, under section 172 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act.
Yesterday, Redknapp did not attend Bournemouth Magistrates Court, but his legal representative entered the plea on his behalf.
Charles Nightingale, prosecuting, stated that the second charge arose due to Redknapp's inability to ascertain whether he or his wife was driving at the time of the alleged offence, which is said to have occurred on October 23 last year.
The trial is currently scheduled for August 1, though Redknapp could avoid the proceedings entirely if he were to provide the necessary driver information. The Crown Prosecution Service will make a decision on whether a trial is to go ahead no later than May 22.
This is not the first time Redknapp has had a brush with the law over his driving. He has previously received an official police warning after he was spotted near his Poole home driving without wearing a seatbelt – a relatively light punishment given the offence is normally dealt with by way of a £60 fixed penalty notice.