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Result for Carr and 'Mr Loophole'

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Prosecutors have had to drop a speeding case against comedian Jimmy Carr and pay costs to the star following a legal paperwork blunder.

The television presenter, who is famous for his dark humour, was accused of going over a 30mph speed limit while driving his Bentley in west London, but he will not face higher car insurance premiums after the charge was dropped.

The 36-year-old television presenter attended Feltham Magistrates' Court only to find the case had been moved to another date without his knowledge.

His solicitor, Nick Freeman, successfully argued the move was unlawful and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was forced to withdraw the charge.

Mr Carr was summonsed after a camera allegedly captured him travelling at 43mph in a 30mph limit on the A40 on June 10 last year, but when he arrived at court he found that the CPS had deferred the hearing to July so a specialist speeding prosecutor could be brought in.

Mr Freeman, who has been dubbed "Mr Loophole" for his skill in getting celebrity clients off the hook on legal technicalities, argued that Mr Carr would not have received notification because of delays in the court's internal postal system.

© Press Association 2009