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Driving ban for speeding Henson
Gavin Henson
Henson was caught speeding on the M4 by police
Wales rugby star Gavin Henson has been banned from driving for a month after he was caught driving at 110mph (177kph) on the M4 motorway.

Henson was pulled over by police who followed his Mercedes on 6 September as he headed to London from south Wales.

Magistrates in Chippenham, Wiltshire, gave him a reduced one-month ban after hearing his charity work with children would suffer if he was unable to drive.

Henson, who admitted speeding, was also fined 1,850 and charged 35 costs.

Magistrates were told the Wales and Ospreys utility back was seen speeding by police carrying out spot checks on the M4 at 1320 BST on 6 September.

Henson spoke only to confirm his name and address in Cardiff, where he lives with singer Charlotte Church.

Mr Henson will cope with any disqualification but it is the children who will miss out because of his charitable commitments
Defence solicitor Jim Bennett

Officers followed his sports car for more than a mile eastbound during which his speed fluctuated between 100mph (161kph) and 110mph (177kph).

The court heard that Henson, 24, told officers: ''I am very sorry. I am very disappointed in myself.''

He admitted a speeding offence but his solicitor argued in court that a driving ban would mean the British Lion's charity work would suffer.

His solicitor, Jim Bennett, handed a list of Henson's charitable appointments to the magistrates.

'Recognisable face'

Mr Bennett told them: ''You may recognise Mr Henson as a rugby player for Ospreys and for Wales.

''He has a recognisable face and puts it to good use and this letter confirms it. The letter contains his charitable appointment diary.

''Mr Henson will cope with any disqualification but it is the children who will miss out because of his charitable commitments.''

Chairwoman of the bench, Jeanette Hawker, said they had taken into account his busy charity schedule and early guilty plea when deciding their sentence.

She said: ''We have listened to your defence solicitor and we have read this letter and we have taken into account your guilty plea and reduced some of the disqualification accordingly.

''You are going to be disqualified for 28 days from today and you must not drive any motor vehicle.

''Please don't have the keys of a car in your pocket or sit in the drivers seat as that could be construed as breaking the order.''

Henson is waiting to find out if he will be selected for Wales' upcoming autumn internationals which include games against New Zealand and Australia.


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