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Stone Roses singer avoids road ban

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Singer Ian Brown from the Stone Roses has avoided a road ban for speeding after his lawyer argued partly that it would cause him "insurmountable" difficulties" in attending band rehearsals.

The 48-year-old from Lymm, Cheshire, earlier pleaded guilty to speeding on the M6 in his Lexus car. Now he has been fined £650 after changing his plea to guilty when he realised that the speeds clocked by the police were correct. The fine could further hit him in the pocket with increased car insurance premiums.

He was defended by lawyer Nick Freeman, who has been dubbed "Mr Loophole" after successfully defending other celebrity clients charged with speeding.

Mr Freeman said the band rehearsals were being held at "a remote secret location". He said there would also be "insurmountable" difficulties over seeing his 11-year-old son, who lives in London with his mother.

Brown was fined £650 and ordered to pay £300 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge. His licence was endorsed with six penalty points.

© Press Association 2011