Ex-Town star faces second road ban

FORMER Ipswich Town star Titus Bramble faces the prospect of losing his driving licence for a second time tomorrow.

FORMER Ipswich Town star Titus Bramble faces the prospect of losing his driving licence for a second time tomorrow.

The 27-year-old Premiership defender is due to be sentenced at Manchester Magistrates' Court after a police officer saw him chatting on his mobile phone while driving.

Bramble was previously been banned for seven weeks in December 2003 by Ipswich magistrates after being caught speeding and breaching the terms of his licence.

The star was also fined �2,000 and had to pay �500 in court costs.

Bramble had been clocked driving a BMW X5 at 102 mph on the A14 in Sproughton the previous January.

Tomorrow, magistrates will decide his fate after his latest driving offence when the Wigan centre-half was seen laughing and joking on the phone as he drove his high-powered Range Rover in Manchester city centre.

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At an earlier court hearing, magistrates were told Pc Nigel Poole, who was on a motorbike, tracked Ipswich-born Bramble for half-a-mile before pulling up alongside him at a set of traffic lights.

He tapped on the Range Rover's window and when Bramble, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, turned to face him, he was still on the phone.

At the trial, which was held in his absence, the former England under-21 international was found guilty of using a hand-held mobile while driving.

The former Holywells High School pupil, who already has 11 points on his licence, is now facing a driving ban.

Pc Poole said he had been waiting at traffic lights on Deansgate on October 13 last year, when he spotted Bramble's Range Rover in Great Bridgewater Street.

The Range Rover turned into Deansgate and the officer saw the driver holding a mobile phone to his left ear, the court heard.

Bramble stopped at red lights and Pc Poole pulled up alongside the driver's door and noted Bramble was still on his mobile.

When the footballer was pulled over, Pc Poole saw the mobile was on the front passenger seat.