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Norwich City's Kyle Naughton gets driving ban for speeding

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Media captionNaughton was caught doing 96mph on the A11 at Wymondham

Norwich City footballer Kyle Naughton has been handed a 15-month driving disqualification after being caught speeding twice in Norfolk since August.

Naughton admitted speeding by driving at 53mph in a 30mph limit in Swardeston in August, and by going at 96mph on the 70mph A11 at Wymondham in November.

Norwich magistrates also fined the 23-year-old right-back £1,560 and gave him 11 points on his licence.

Asked about the sentence outside court, Naughton said it was "a bit silly".

The court heard that Naughton, of Woodford Green, Essex, faced disqualification because he had already amassed nine points on his licence for three speeding offences in the past three years.

For both the recent offences, Naughton was driving an Audi and his speed had been detected by a hand-held device.

'Blown my mind'

Asked in court whether he would like to give any mitigating factors, Naughton, who was unrepresented, said: "I don't really want to say anything to be honest."

He was then told this would aggravate the sentence.

After filling in some forms about his salary, he told the court: "It's my first time here [in court] and it's blown my mind. I'd just like to say I'm sorry... I got rid of the car as I started getting points."

Naughton said he used public transport and taxis to travel between his home in Essex, Norwich, and his family in Sheffield, and that this did not impact on his job.

He had previously admitted the December offence and denied the August offence, but changed his plea to guilty at court on Thursday.

Chairman of the bench Janet Evans-Jones said it was to his credit that he had sold the car.

He was ordered to pay £365 in costs and surcharges.

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