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Newcastle striker Peter Lovenkrands fined for speeding

Peter Lovenkrands
Image caption Lovenkrands joined the Magpies on a free transfer in January 2009

Newcastle United footballer Peter Lovenkrands has been fined after he was caught driving at twice the speed limit.

The Danish striker, who admitted the offence by letter, was caught on camera near the Magpies' Little Benton training ground in May.

He was clocked driving his Audi RS4 at 60mph in a 30mph zone on Benton Lane.

He was fined £670 and had six points put on his licence by North Tyneside magistrates.

The 30-year-old, who used to play for Rangers, blamed the offence on a "momentary lapse in concentration".

The father-of-two, of Braehead in Thorntonhall, Glasgow, told the bench: "I just want to say I'm really sorry for what I did and am really sorry for taking up your time today."

His solicitor Emma Feeney said Lovenkrands, who also has a home in Newcastle, had an exemplary driving record.

She said: "He has held a clean driving licence for 12 years. In that time he has had no fixed penalty or endorsement.

"It was a momentary lapse in concentration over a very short period of time."

Clearly embarrassed

Chairman of the bench Chris Benneworth said he had spared the player a ban after taking into consideration his driving record and early guilty plea.

He said: "I'm not going to disqualify you.

"You have an exemplary driving record, made immediate acceptance of responsibility and are clearly embarrassed at the publicity and at being at court today."

Lovenkrands had joined the Magpies on a free transfer in January 2009 after being released by German side Schalke.

He started his career in his homeland with AB Copenhagan before spending six years with Rangers in Glasgow.

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