Beckham handed driving ban for using phone at the wheel

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David Beckham, centre, leaves Bromley Magistrates Court in Bromley, south of London, after being disqualified from driving for six months for driving while using a mobile phone. (AFP)
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David Beckham, left, leaves Bromley Magistrates Court in Bromley, south of London, after being disqualified from driving for six months for driving while using a mobile phone. (AFP)
Updated 09 May 2019

Beckham handed driving ban for using phone at the wheel

  • The 44-year-old admitted the offense after being spotted by a member of the public as he drove his Bentley in London on November 21
  • The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid player attended the hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court, south of London

LONDON: Former England footballer David Beckham was on Thursday disqualified from driving for six months after using his phone while behind the wheel.
The 44-year-old admitted the offense after being spotted by a member of the public as he drove his Bentley in London on November 21.
The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid player attended the hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court, south of London.
He was given six penalty points on his license, which disqualifies him.
Last year, Beckham avoided a previous charge of speeding because of a technicality.
Beckham accepted he drove at 59 miles (95 kilometers) per hour in a 40 mph zone in London in January 2018.
But the notice of his prosecution was not received until one day after the statutory 14-day time limit.


Brussels to ‘rebuild’ ties with UK after Boris win: EU Internal Market Commissioner

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Brussels to ‘rebuild’ ties with UK after Boris win: EU Internal Market Commissioner

  • Both sides then still need to thrash out a new trade and security agreement
  • Any future trade deal had to ensure that the EU’s social and environmental norms were also applied to trade with Britain

PARIS: The EU will have to rebuild its ties with London after Boris Johnson’s election victory which is likely to lead to Brexit in January, the EU’s Internal Market Commissioner said on Friday.
“We now have to rebuild relations with Great Britain which is an important partner,” Thierry Breton told French RTL radio, saying the bloc wanted “balanced” trade relations with the UK.
With almost all results declared for the 650-seat British parliament, Johnson’s Conservative party has secured a sweeping victory and he is now expected to deliver on his promise to “Get Brexit Done.”
His majority should allow him to get the divorce deal he struck with Brussels through parliament in time to meet the next Brexit deadline of January 31.
Both sides then still need to thrash out a new trade and security agreement.
Breton said he expected the European Council meeting Friday in Brussels to give the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier a new mandate for talks with London.
He said Britain was a very important trade partner for the EU, “but we are by far the biggest trading partner for Britain.”
Any future trade deal had to ensure that the EU’s social and environmental norms were also applied to trade with Britain.