Ufford: Grand National-winning trainer Dr Richard Newland keeps driving licence after being caught driving at nearly twice the speed limit

Trainer Dr Richard Newland with Grand National winner Pineau De Re. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire Trainer Dr Richard Newland with Grand National winner Pineau De Re. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Thursday, April 17, 2014
8:48 AM

Grand National-winning trainer Dr Richard Newland has kept his driving licence after being caught travelling at nearly twice the speed limit in a Suffolk village.

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Ipswich magistrates heard the 50-year-old, who trained Pineau de Re to win the near £550,000 first prize at Aintree 12 days ago, was driving at 59mph in a 30mph zone in Ufford, near Woodbridge.

Newland, of Egg Lane, Claines, Worcester, did not attend yesterday’s hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court. However, he pleaded guilty to speeding in a letter to the court read out by clerk Richard Newman.

Newland was given six points on his licence and fined £535. He must also pay £54 to the victims’ fund and prosecution costs of £85.

At the end of the hearing which lasted just over five minutes the GP turned trainer, who is also a successful businessman in the health care sector, was given 28 days to pay via a collection order.

Previously Mr Newman had told the court Newland’s 2013-registered Volvo XC60 was caught speeding at 2.20pm on September 29 last year.

Although at the time his licence was clean, he was subsequently given three points in relation to a fixed penalty for an offence on Christmas Day, magistrates heard.

Newland was travelling on the B1438 in Ufford in September when police clocked him speeding on a hand-held camera.

In his letter to the court Newland said it was a bright, sunny day with no other traffic around at the time. However, he accepted it did not excuse the offence.

Newland did not disclose his income.

He described himself as self-employed and magistrates heard he had significant monthly outgoings.

8 comments

  • @amsterdam - try reading what I type - "The road is 70mph from Rushmere to woodbridge where it is dual carriage way" - note the words WHERE IT IS DUAL CARRIAGEWAY. And all the signs are the standard ones - big round white ones with a red border and a number in them for signed limits, white round one with black border and line through it for national... and in each limited they are repeated at set intervals (except the national limit signs). All as explained in the highway code. Try opening your eyes next time you drive there and maybe you might spot them? Sometimes limits are made more obvious for blind idiots by putting additional markings on the road for example.... perhaps this is what you find confusing?

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    DaveHedgehog

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • The Whickham market bypass (northbound) is a great bit of road for a good old speed test. Each time I got a new car I'd see what I could get it up to on the long straight with the downhill bend as a run up. Managed 145 with my 328. My mate managed over 155 in his 330. Trick is to keep an eye out for plod on the bridge before the straight.

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    Mickola1984

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • I usually enjoy a good old moan, but I must say that the stretch of road in question can easily be driven at 60mph in good conditions with no problem. I feel the punishment is just.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Davehedgehog- You don' seem very familiar with this road at all. The stretch through Rushmere and Kesgrave is clearly 30 mph. In a previous life it was 40 mph, like the old bypass, and many cannot understand why the limit was reduced. While two stretches of dual carriageway are at national limit of 70 mph, others are not and on single carriageways many are not standard limits. Speed limits are indicated in a variety of ways, standard signs of different sizes and markings on the road surface. Why no consistency? I suspect there are markings that don't comply with legal requirements. Why not make things simpler for everyone by standardising the signage and having fewer changes, even if that means lower limits, as that approach would make things safer for everyone.

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • @amsterdam81 - I drove that very stretch of road last weekend. The road is 70mph from Rushmere to woodbridge where it is dual carriage way. It changes to single carriageway after the first woodbridge roandabout and is clearly marked national - 60mph. At the next roundabout it is back to dual carriageway but in a built-up area... and is clear signed 40mph. Once clear of the built-up section is increases to 50mph towards the roundabout - again clearly signed. Other side of the roundabout it is single carriageway and back to national. Then it once towards ufford it is dual - back to 70mph.... once past Wickham Market is is clearly signed 40mph dropping to 30mph in the small villages, with 50mph limit on the single carriageway roads between - all clearly signed. Nothing confusing, the only questionable speed being the 50mph part on what is quite an open, flowing road. But it is all very well posted. As for the idiot doing 59mph in a 30mph limit - that should be a ban without doubt.

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    DaveHedgehog

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • While I doubt there could be much confusion about the speed limit in a built up area there is a real issue with the confusing array of limits applying to Suffolk roads which often change without any obvious reason. On the stretch of the A12 from Rushmere to the Aldeburgh junction the limit changes between 30 mph and 70 mph through 40, 50 & 60 mph often without obvious reason and inconsistent signage. Why?

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Have to agree with Pandy. I am surprised he was not given a ban. If you -even with a clean licence- are caught speeding on a motorway or dual carriageway and we are doing 100mph- less than 50% above the speed limit, we are in great danger of being given a ban. This man is doing virtually double the speed limit in a 30mph area and basically gets a smacked hand. His mitigation, it was a bright sunny day!

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • One sentence for the rich one for the poor

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    pandy

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

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