Stoke City star Peter Crouch hit with £1,000 speeding fine
STOKE City striker Peter Crouch has been fined £1,000 for speeding in his Range Rover.
The forward was also hit with five penalty points after he was recorded travelling at 49mph in a 30mph zone.
Crouch, pictured, was caught by a speed camera as he drove his Range Rover Sport along the A538 towards Macclesfield town centre on November 19.
The time was 8.05pm - just hours after the ex-Liverpool and England striker played 60 minutes in the Potters' 3-2 home defeat against Queens Park Rangers.
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He did not score during the match and was replaced by fellow striker Kenwyne Jones.
Thirty-one-year-old Crouch did not attend yesterday's brief hearing at Macclesfield Magistrates Court, where the footballer entered a guilty plea.
A second charge of failing to provide the authorities with information was dropped.
The court heard how two weeks ago, Crouch had received four penalty points for a separate offence – meaning he is now only three points short of a ban.
Solicitor Barry Warburton said: "Two weeks ago, Mr Crouch received four penalty points. We give him credit for informing the court of that.
"It was a Saturday evening and there was absolutely no traffic about whatsoever.
"He has accepted his guilt. It is at the bottom end of the scale."
Mr Ferguson described Crouch's income as 'large' and 'in excess of £400 per week'.
He added: "I can make sure the fine is paid today."
Magistrates' chairman Stephen Conquer fined Crouch £1,000 and ordered five penalty points to be placed on his licence. He must also pay a victim surcharge of £15 and £350 in court costs.
The striker was given seven days to make the payment.
Crouch's offence comes just five months after Potters manager Tony Pulis was himself fined for speeding.
Pulis, who lives in Cheshire, escaped a ban in March – despite having 15 points on his licence. The Stoke boss was clocked driving his BMW at 96mph in a 60mph stretch of the M42, but his lawyer argued it would have caused the club and city 'exceptional hardship' if he lost his licence.
But road safety charity Brake criticised the decision after it emerged that almost 400 motorists in the region who clocked up 12 penalty points have been allowed to carry on driving.