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Norwich City's Grant Holt convicted after court no-show

Norwich City striker Grant Holt
Image caption Holt will be sentenced at Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court

Norwich City striker Grant Holt has been convicted of a motoring offence in his absence, court officials said.

Holt, 29, denied a charge of failing to give the identity of the driver of a car allegedly caught speeding near Whitchurch, Shropshire, last year.

Magistrates had been asked to postpone the case in Market Drayton, Shropshire, to allow Holt to play against Watford on Friday, but rejected the request.

He will be sentenced at Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

The Championship footballer was tried and convicted in his absence, a spokeswoman for Market Drayton Magistrates' Court said.

He was found guilty of failing to provide West Mercia Police with information relating to a Peugeot 307 in May 2009.

It is not known why Holt failed to attend the hearing.

Nobody from Norwich City FC was available to comment.

Holt, who has played for clubs including Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Shrewsbury Town, is originally from Carlisle, Cumbria.

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