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England star guilty of speeding

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England and Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole has been found guilty of driving at more than 100mph in a 50mph zone in Surrey.

Cole, 29, was clocked travelling at 104mph on the A3 in Kingston on November 17, 2008 by police after claiming that he was being chased by paparazzi.

When stopped by police, Cole, who did not attend the trial at Kingston Magistrates' Court, told police that he thought he was driving at only 80mph at the time.

Richard Lomax, prosecuting, said: "The defendant was stopped and spoken to and the words he said at the time, when it became plain that somebody was pointing a speed camera at him, were: 'Can't you do anything about those idiots who keep chasing me?'.

Magistrates' chairwoman Judith Jewell added: "We find that we were convinced enough by the evidence given that he was travelling at 104mph.

"Our reasons are that we feel that the evidence of the police officer was credible, and we feel entitled to believe that the equipment was operating properly."

Cole was warned that he may be banned from driving for the offence when he is sentenced on January 29.

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