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Manchester United youngster Ryan Tunnicliffe banned for 18 MONTHS over drink-driving

Don't let Fergie see you smiling… drink-driving Tunnicliffe beams outside court after being banned for 18 MONTHS



12:41 GMT, 25 October 2012

Manchester United starlet Ryan Tunnicliffe has been banned from driving for 18 months for drink-driving.

The 19-year-old crashed his 60,000 Range Rover on October 13 and was later charged with driving with excess alcohol.

He appeared at Bury Magistrates Court on Thursday morning and was banned, as well as being hit with an 800 fine.

Ban: Ryan Tunnicliffe smiled as he arrived at Bury Magistrates Court

Ban: Ryan Tunnicliffe smiled as he arrived at Bury Magistrates Court

Ban: Ryan Tunnicliffe smiled as he arrived at Bury Magistrates Court for his hearing

The 19-year-old crashed his luxury Range Rover into a parked van after he drank 'a lot' of alcohol the night before with his family.

The unattended Ford Transit van in Heywood, Greater Manchester, was shunted five metres (16.4ft) into the stone wall of a house in the incident.

No one was hurt in the collision apart from Tunnicliffe's front seat passenger, a friend, who received minor injuries.

Aside from the damage to the van and the house involved, his Range Rover was written off at a cost of 30,000.

The footballer phoned the police from the scene in Green Lane shortly after 2.15pm on October 13 and officers attended.

A police constable noticed his breath smelt of alcohol.

He provided a positive breath test at the scene and then gave a reading of 62mg/100ml, the legal limit being 35mg, at Bury police station.

Tunnicliffe, of Heywood, pleaded guilty to the offence on his first appearance over the matter at Bury Magistrates' Court.

The court heard both his family and club were 'very disappointed' about the incident.

Damage: This picture shows Tunnicliffe's smashed-up Range Rover

Damage: This picture shows Tunnicliffe's smashed-up Range Rover

His ban is likely to be reduced by
four months after Tunnicliffe indicated he would be interested in
attending a drink-drive rehabilitation course.

He was fined 800 and ordered to pay 85 prosecution costs and an 80 victim surcharge.
Tunnicliffe was told to take his hands out of his pockets before the hearing started.

Caroline Patrick, prosecuting, said
his vehicle left the road and went on to a footpath before hitting the
van which was knocked into the wall and the wooden garden gates of a

Chris Proctor, defending, said: 'My
instructions are that he had consumed alcohol the evening before and
unfortunately, in an error of judgment on his part, he thought he would
be below the legal limit and he was able to drive.

'Generally he is a very sensible
young man. He is a professional footballer and this incident happened in
an international break in the calendar.

'He had some drinks with his family. He generally does not tend to drink alcohol because of his footballing commitments.'

Tunnicliffe had gone to collect a
vehicle he had recently bought before the incident at a notorious
accident blackspot, the solicitor said.

Mr Proctor added this was not a situation in which his client drank alcohol and then immediately got behind the wheel.

A number of letters of character reference were handed to the presiding magistrate, District Judge Richardson.

Mr Proctor said: 'The third parties in this case, his family and club, are very disappointed at what has happened.'

On his way: Ryan Tunnicliffe made his debut against Newcastle - to win his dad 10,000

On his way: Ryan Tunnicliffe made his debut against Newcastle – to win his dad 10,000

The judge told Tunnicliffe: 'I appreciate what is said on your behalf that you did not drink in daylight hours on that day.

'What was reflected is what you drank the night before, which must have been a lot.

'I think you are genuinely contrite
about that and I am going to give you full credit for your guilty plea
and that you had the courage to phone the police yourself.

'There is also nothing like this in your background.

'You are a well-paid athlete and the fine reflects that. It is a reflection of your income.'

It was not stated in court whether the Range Rover was the car he had left home to pick up.

Tunnicliffe hit the headlines recently when he made his debut for United – and made his father 10,000 richer in the process.

Mick Tunnicliffe placed a 100 bet when
his son was nine that he would one day play for United (at odds of
100-1) – and his moment came when Marnick Vermijl was replaced during
the 2-1 win over Newcastle in the Capital One Cup.

there could be worse to come for bookmakers William Hill, who revealed
they also took another bet from Tunnicliffe's dad of 100 at odds of
350/1 that the young midfielder will one day play for England at some
stage in his career.

The wager could net Tunnicliffe Snr a whopping 35,000 payout.

last time a bet of this nature cost us 10,000 was when Chris Kirkland
made his debut in goal for England, also landing a 100 bet for his
father,' said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.

'We will obviously be paying close attention to the progress of Ryan’s career in the future.'

Tunnicliffe, who spent last season under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson's son, Darren, on loan at Peterborough United, was one of a number of youngsters blooded last month.

Winger Robbie Brady and defenders Scott Wootton and Michael Keane were also given run-outs by Ferguson at Old Trafford as United cruised through to a tricky fourth round meeting with Chelsea.

Demba Ba driving ban after speeding charge

Newcastle striker Ba is banned from driving for six months over speeding



14:56 GMT, 4 September 2012

Ban: Newcastle United striker Demba Ba

Ban: Newcastle United striker Demba Ba

Newcastle striker Demba Ba has been banned from driving for six months after he was caught speeding on two occasions.

The Senegal international was handed the ban by South East Northumberland Magistrates Court after failing to provide details to the police of who was driving his car when it was twice caught speeding, court officials said.

The 27-year-old had failed to attend court at two previous hearings as well as the sentencing without providing a reason.

Northumbria Police wrote to Ba in November last year asking him to confirm who was driving his car and he was given until December 13 to provide the information.

But he failed to do so and was charged with failing to supply driver information.

He was originally given six penalty points, fined 1,000 and told to pay 85 costs and a 15 victim surcharge but it was then realised that he already had six points on his licence and the case was reopened.

Ba was written to asking him to attend court on August 1 but he failed to appear again.

This meant last Thursday the court banned him from driving for six months and re-imposed the original penalty, fine and costs and Ba was given 14 days to pay.

Newcastle United declined to comment on the case.

Nicklas Bendtner banned from driving

Bendtner banned from driving after Sunderland striker admits speeding at over 100mph

Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner was banned from driving for 56 days and fined 660 after admitting speeding at almost 104mph in his Porsche.

Bendtner was late for a flight from Newcastle Airport when he was caught by a Northumbria Police traffic officer on the A696 dual carriageway, which has a 70mph limit, last December.

The Dane, who is on a season-long from Arsenal, did not appear before Newcastle magistrates for the hearing.

Man in the hat: Nicklas Bendtner watched Sunderland beat Arsenal on Saturday

Man in the hat: Nicklas Bendtner watched Sunderland beat Arsenal on Saturday

The court was told the 24-year-old was in Denmark for 'contractual obligations'.

He was deemed to not be absent from court because he was legally represented at the hearing.

Sarah Robinson, prosecuting, said Bendtner was spotted driving his convertible Porsche 911 Turbo and he was measured to be driving at 103.6mph for 0.137miles at 10.53am on Saturday December 10.

Barry Warburton, defending, said: 'I understand he was going to Newcastle Airport, he was slightly late for a flight and unfortunately he speeded.

'It was a Saturday morning, there was very little traffic on the road and weather conditions were fine.'

Addressing the bench, he added: 'Not withstanding the fact he is in Denmark, he has been absolutely no trouble to anybody. In my respectful submission, your public duty can be discharged by treating him with leniency.'

Man in the mask: Bendtner's protection for his broken nose

Man in the mask: Bendtner's protection for his broken nose

The solicitor said his client had 'substantial' disposable income and could pay the fine immediately with a credit card.

Chairman of the bench Edward Wardrobe imposed a 56-day driving ban, and fined the footballer 660, plus 30 costs and a 15 victim surcharge.

No penalty points were added to the three Bendtner has on his licence.

In 2009, his father Thomas said his son was lucky to escape with only cuts and bruises after crashing his Aston Martin on the way to training.

A photograph of the written-off sports car showed it had been badly mangled.

Suspended: Bendtner has been hit with a 56-day driving ban

Suspended: Bendtner has been hit with a 56-day driving ban

He will appear before the same court in a week alongside Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole.

They were charged with criminal damage after a number of cars were attacked in Newcastle's Stowell Street in December.

Bendtner was engaged to Baroness Caroline Luel-Brockdorff, a wealthy member of the Danish royal family and the mother of his child. They split soon after the birth of their son in December 2010.

The self-confident striker is currently playing in a mask after suffering a broken nose.

It has been customised to include his initials, the '52' shirt number and the Danish flag.

Bendtner was ineligible to play for Sunderland in their win against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Saturday.

David James fined for speeding in 500 car

Now that's a real calamity! Ex England stopper James fined for speeding in 500 car

David James has been convicted of speeding – in a 12-year-old Vauxhall Astra.

The former England goalkeeper, 41, was caught doing 90mph on a motorway in the V-reg banger, which typically changes hands for around 500.

He was caught on the M5 in Somerset between his family home in Chudleigh, Devon, and his current club Bristol City.

Calamity James: Former England stopper David James has been fined for speeding

Calamity James: Former England stopper David James has been fined for speeding

The former Liverpool and Aston Villa star – whose string of gaffes on the pitch gave him the nickname Calamity James – then failed to attend a speeding awareness course after being nabbed.

He was fined 275 after being convicted of speeding in his absence on Thursday at North Somerset Magistrates Court in Weston-super-Mare.

The court heard he was caught on the M5 near the town at 8.30am on July 22 last year. Police officers spotted him speeding at 90mph between the Wolvershill Road motorway bridge and the town’s Junction 21 roundabout. James was followed and ordered to pull over.

Banger: James was one pictured at his old club Portsmouth in a three-wheeled Robin Reliant

Banger: James was one pictured at his old club Portsmouth in a three-wheeled Robin Reliant

He accepted the option of attending an educational driving course to avoid receiving points on his licence – but failed to attend. The goalkeeper also failed to respond to the summons and Thursday's case went ahead in his absence.

Magistrates fined him 175 plus 85 costs and a 15 victim surcharge, and ordered his licence – which was previously clean – to be endorsed with three penalty points.

James won 53 England caps during a chequered career which saw him at times rated the country’s best stopper, while at others cruelly dubbed Calamity James.

He had held the record for being the player with the most appearances in the Premier League, before being overtaken by Ryan Giggs. His Bristol City side is currently fighting a relegation battle, with the Robins languishing in 20th place in the Championship.