TV celebrity Chris Tarrant is sentenced for speeding in West Berkshire village


TV celebrity Chris Tarrant (64), from Esher in Surrey, was sentenced today (15 October) at Reading Magistrates' Court, after pleading guilty during his trial to speeding twice on the same day, within half an hour, in a West Berkshire village on 20 May last year.

After the hearing, specialist CPS Crown Advocate Andrew Perry said: 'Chris Tarrant has today changed his plea to guilty of two counts of speeding on the same day, after his defence team had earlier failed to persuade the court that to try him would be unfair.

'He was caught by a police laser device, travelling at 47 mph and 20 minutes later at 41 mph in Broad Lane, Upper Bucklebury, which is subject to a 30 mph speed limit.

'The speed limit is there to protect the local community and by exceeding this speed limit Chris Tarrant - like any other driver - was potentially endangering the safety of other road users.

'CPS and Police will enforce the law wherever possible, in both urban and rural areas, and will prosecute offenders no matter who they are.

'Mr Tarrant could have avoided these proceedings altogether by accepting, as others caught that day did, the fixed penalties of £60.00 as offered by the Police.  It was therefore a matter for the Court to determine the appropriate sentence.'

Chris Tarrant first appeared on 4 March this year at Newbury magistrates court, where he pleaded not guilty to the speeding offences. At todays hearing, it was ordered that his driving licence be endorsed with six penalty points, in addition to three points he already has from another speeding offence last year.

He was fined £275 for the first offence and £250 for the second offence and ordered to pay costs of £1,630; £930 for the CPS and the remainder for the cost of an expert witness report.