Shepherd's job could be on the line

A SHEPHERD could be in line for the chop at Jimmy's Farm today after driving at 100mph in a 50mph zone. David Innes was caught speeding in his Ford Fiesta at twice the legal limit along the A140 at Coddenham in Suffolk.

A SHEPHERD could be in line for the chop at Jimmy's Farm today after driving at 100mph in a 50mph zone.

David Innes was caught speeding in his Ford Fiesta at twice the legal limit along the A140 at Coddenham in Suffolk.

Magistrates decided to strip the 18-year-old of his licence despite hearing that he would probably be sacked if he was unable to drive for more than six weeks.

Innes pleaded guilty to the offence, which took place on March 19 this year.


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South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court was told that Innes worked as a shepherd and butcher at the rare breeds farm in Wherstead, which is owned by chef Jamie Oliver's friend, Jimmy Doherty.

James Baird Murray, mitigating, said his client had been caught in a “moment of joie de vive” when he was zapped by a speed camera.

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He added: “It was a nice day, there was nothing on the road ahead of him and he went faster than he should have done. It is not suggested that danger was caused to anyone other than to himself.”

Innes was accompanied in court by his father and his immediate boss, who said he could save the teenager's job if the ban did not exceed six weeks, but a longer punishment would be problematic.

Innes, of Middlefield Road in Mistley, Essex, was issued with six penalty points - enough to revoke his licence because he has held it for less than two years.

He will have to take another driving test to re-acquire his licence. He was also fined �160, plus �46 costs and a �15 victim surcharge.

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