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Piers Morgan caught speeding in Brighton

Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan pleaded guilty by post

Britain's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan has said he deserved a "red buzzer from the courts" after being fined for speeding in Brighton.

The 45-year-old was caught by a fixed speed camera in Preston Road on 13 November doing 51mph in a 30mph zone.

It happened after he had judged a talent contest at a school in the city.

He was convicted on Tuesday at Brighton Magistrates' Court, fined £666 and had six points added to his licence after pleading guilty by post.

He was also ordered to pay £58 costs.

School contest

Mr Morgan had appeared at the independent, all-girls Roedean School alongside newsreader Katie Derham.

In a statement he said: "I was judging a charity show called Roedean's Got Talent.

"Unfortunately, my driving skills afterwards would not have got me past the first round and I thoroughly deserved a red buzzer from the courts."

Mr Morgan is one of three judges on the ITV1 programme Britain's Got Talent who use a red buzzer to eliminate acts they do not like.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "The vehicle he was driving was doing 51mph in a 30mph zone, above our threshold for issuing a fixed penalty notice."

The offence happened less than 20 miles from the East Sussex village of Newick where the former Daily Mirror and News of the World editor grew up and still maintains close links.



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