Former Ipswich and Newcastle footballer Titus Bramble banned from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to speeding charge

Bramble during his playing career at Ipswich Town.

Bramble during his playing career at Ipswich Town. - Credit: Archant

Former Ipswich Town star Titus Bramble has been disqualified from driving for 12 months, after pleading guilty to a speeding charge.

Bramble, from Stone Lodge Lane, in Ipswich, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich yesterday charged with three motoring offences.

The former Blues defender pleaded guilty to travelling at 60mph in a 40mph speed limit in London Road in a Range Rover.

The incident took place at 3.16pm on April 1.

He was given five penalty points on his licence, which with the nine points already accrued from previous offences meant he was over the 12 point limit and subsequently disqualified. In addition he was fined £200, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.

Bramble, who now coaches youngsters, failed to persuade magistrates that he would suffer exceptional hardship were his licence to be revoked because of his charity and coaching work.

When asked what impact losing his licence might have, the 33-year-old said: “Maybe I won’t be able to coach anymore.”

The sentence came following a hearing held in his absence at West Suffolk Magistrates’ Court earlier this month, where he was banned from driving after failing to provide information to police as to who was at the wheel of the car in the incident.

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In addition to yesterday’s speeding sentence, Bramble was also charged for driving without third party insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence in a separate incident in West End Road on October 21, to which he pleaded not guilty to both.

The case has been adjourned for two weeks while the former England under-21 international provides insurance and licence information to the police.

The charges yesterday are not the first motoring offence allegations that have been put to the former Wigan, Newcastle and Sunderland player.

Bramble had six points put on his previously clean driving licence in August last year after being caught speeding twice in seven minutes on Christmas Day in 2012. He drove his Mercedes sports car at 89mph on the A14 in Girton, Cambridgeshire, at 2.09pm and at 92mph on another road in Fenstanton just minutes later.

Bramble began his career at Ipswich Town in 1998, where he made 48 appearances between 1998 and 2002.

He left Ipswich for Sir Bobby Robson’s Newcastle United in 2002, joining for £6million.

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