Freddie Flintoff escapes driving ban

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Former England cricket captain Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff has narrowly avoided losing his driving licence after arguing that a ban would cause "exceptional hardship", the BBC reports.

The 36-year-old was caught at the wheel of his Bentley driving at 87mph on the M6 near Linstock, Cumbria, in January.

With his licence already endorsed with nine points, the Lancashire player would have been in line for a driving ban under the 'totting-up' system that sees drivers disqualified once they amass 12 points.

However, his legal representation argued that a driving ban would cause significant disruption to his extensive charity work, as well as his family life – an argument Carlisle Magistrates' Court accepted.

Solicitor Michael Neofytou said Flintoff was "constantly raising money, or trying to, when not in his professional role," writes the Daily Mail.

David Johnson, chair of the bench, told Flintoff: "Because of your position, the fact that you are well known, clearly the impact has to be on others, more than you yourself."

Instead of an automatic disqualification, Flintoff was instead given a further three points on his licence and fined £330.

This latest court appearance marks Flintoff's fourth speeding prosecution in the last three years. Magistrates warned him that any further driving offences would lead to him losing his licence.

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