South Scotland

Shane Warne fined over 103mph speeding charge near Gretna

Shane Warne
Warne was fined £500 and had five penalty points put on his licence after admitting the offence

Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has been fined £500 after admitting driving at more than 100mph on a south of Scotland motorway.

He escaped a driving ban, but had five penalty points put on his licence at Dumfries Justice of the Peace Court.

Warne, 43, was represented by solicitor Graham Walker, who tendered a plea of guilty on the cricketer's behalf.

He described the incident on the A74(M) motorway north of Gretna in September as an "error of judgement".

The depute fiscal told the court that Warne had been caught travelling at 103mph just after 09:00.

Mr Walker said the cricketer - who required to travel extensively - was currently playing in Australia for Melbourne Stars and would be in that part of the world over their summer months.

He had been driving on an Australian licence at the time of the offence.

Mr Walker added: "Warne is a man who had no previous convictions and no points on his driving licence and travels thousands of miles a year."

Warne took 708 wickets in 145 Tests for Australia before retiring from international cricket in 2007.

Earlier this week he accepted a one-match ban and fine after a clash with Marlon Samuels in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 competition.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites