Kevin Nolan – The Cameras Must Have Been Faulty, Officer


It seems that the police in Newcastle must watch Benton Lane quite a lot, as it just so happens to be one route to the Newcastle United Training grounds.

Kevin Nolan with John Carver – the cameras must have been faulty

Peter Lovemnkrands was caught speeding there last year, and now it seems Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has been caught speeding there too.

Well – it pays not to be late for training at Newcastle these days we suppose.

The Liverpudlian reached 65mph in a Range Rover on the 30mph A188 Benton Lane, in Longbenton, North Tyneside last May 1st – a day before the last game of the season for Newcastle at QPR.

Lawyers acting for Kevin did their usual lawyer stuff, and questioned the reliability of the camera equipment used on the day. Oh my.

Unfortunately, they were apparently not too convincing and a district judge found the case proved.

Kevin Nolan will now be sentenced next month and has been warned he could now be banned from driving.

Kevin, like quite a few of the highly paid Newcastle players live in the posh Darras Hall in Ponteland, and pleaded not guilty to speeding, but Kevin was not in court at the the North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday, when the case was heard

Giving evidence, PC Austin Wright said various checks had been carried out on the camera device that day and no faults were found with it:

“If there’s anything wrong with the equipment at any stage, it will not get used. It was absolutely perfect on that day.”

Oh that’s a pity.

Well, we suppose it was worth a shot – and Kevin has the money so what the hell – it seems to us that the lawyers (solicitors)  in England are getting as bad as they are  over here in the US.

They look at the case and then appear to dream up some story to try to get their client off – that’s their job as they see it. Tell the truth?  Forget it.

Faulty cameras indeed – what a laugh – Kevin surely could have thought up something more convincing than that – or just admit to the  speeding. What a concept that is!.

That weak excuse is like the guy next morning trying to explain why he wasn’t feeling too well,  after a night out drinking:

“I had 10 pints and a pork pie – the pork pie must have been off”

I’ve used that one a couple of times. 😀

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • Davies

    Jan 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Ha! That pork pie must have been off……. and who the hell shat my pants???

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    Jan 25, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Ha!! Darras Hall – Posh?? Myth!!!!

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  • jwheelie12

    Jan 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Looks like he’s riding shotgun in the Carrollmobile

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  • Solaidback

    Jan 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Maybe he should have said the speedometer in his car was showing 35mph, so it isn’t calibrated correctly, then they’d have had to take his car in & check to see how precise the speedometer was, which from what I’ve been told 😉 some can be some way off lol 🙂

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  • faustino

    Jan 25, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Standard protocol for any court. Who are you to say whether he was speeding or not, Ed. You weren’t there were you?

    If you were accused of a crime you would at least expect the court to prove the action had transpired, yes?

    I suggest you look at the statistics for incorrect prosecution due to illegal use of or malfunctioning speed cameras. Then figure why it is a solicitor’s first point of call is 1. were they legal 2. did they work properly.

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  • Sav

    Jan 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #6

    If he was speeding to training, fair enough. If he was speeding away, he should get a club fine anarl.

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  • petey

    Jan 25, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Typical football players excuse….i never dived ref!!! even after television footage of the incident they dont own up to it afterward….

    “ohhh yea the television camara is an optical illusion in the position its mounted, i didnt dive, it just looks like i did, ill get my lawyer to confirm.”

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  • ksmit

    Jan 25, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Funny enough I just saw on my local news (Canada) that the city I live in is returning over $13M paid for speeding tickets. Turns out there was a glitch of some sort with the new cameras and they’re not 100% reliable. Not such a silly excuse then?

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  • thepict

    Jan 25, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #9

    How the hell did he manage to do 65 miles an hour?
    Busy main road guess there would have been loads of folk going shopping etc.. Just a thought. Hey maybe i should become a solicitor. Pay the fine Kev you can afford it

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