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Magician Paul Daniels escapes driving ban after admitting speeding

Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee
Image caption Paul Daniels is married to radio presenter and fellow entertainer Debbie McGee

Magician and entertainer Paul Daniels has escaped a driving ban after arguing he needs his licence in order to care for his elderly mother.

Mr Daniels, of Wargrave, Berkshire, admitted driving above 40mph on London Road, Earley, near Reading on 23 July.

He received three points for the offence, taking his total to 12, but was excused from disqualification by Oxford magistrates.

The 75-year-old, whose real name is Newton Edward Daniels, was fined £625.

He was also ordered to pay a £62 victim surcharge and £65 costs.

Paul Daniels' television career began on ITV before he made the move to the BBC.

As well as numerous appearances on magic shows, he has presented game shows including Wipe Out and Odd One Out.

In 2010, he appeared as a contestant on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

He is married to radio presenter and fellow entertainer Debbie McGee.

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