by Lee Hurley

Henri Lansbury has been banned from driving after being caught speeding at 115mph on the A1 near Peterborough.

The midfielder, who now plays for Nottingham Forest, was handed a six-month ban by Peterborough Magistrates’ Court, after he ‘flashed past an unmarked police car’ at ‘well over 100mph’ at the start of February.

Speaking during the proceedings, Giles Beaumont for the prosecution, said  “It was Monday, February 2 at about 10am. An officer was on duty on the northbound carriageway of the A1(M) travelling at about 80mph. The traffic was light and weather conditions were good.

“He was overtaken by a Bentley, which shook the officer’s car.

READING, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Henri Lansbury of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Nottingham Forest at Madejski Stadium on February 28, 2015 in Reading, England. (Photo by Martin Willetts/Getty Images)
READING, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 28: Henri Lansbury of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Nottingham Forest at Madejski Stadium on February 28, 2015 in Reading, England. (Photo by Martin Willetts/Getty Images)

“The officer caught up with the Bentley, which had averaged 115mph over 0.6 of a mile.

“Lansbury has six points on his licence, after being caught speeding on September 3 and February 4 – two days after this incident.”

The two previous speeding incidents came after Lansbury purchases a Bentley Continental GT in September.

In his defence, Bennedict Peers, said “He has entered a guilty plea straight away, and would like to apologise to the police and the court for what he has done. He knows he should have known better.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Henri Lansbury of Arsenal celebrates his goal with Nico Yannaris during the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup match between Arsenal and Anderlecht at St Mary's Stadium on July 14, 2012 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Henri Lansbury of Arsenal celebrates his goal with Nico Yannaris during the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup match between Arsenal and Anderlecht at St Mary’s Stadium on July 14, 2012 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

“He says he was stupid and has let himself down.

“It was a vehicle he purchased himself in September to celebrate a new position.

“He is a fairly young driver, and had not driven anything that powerful before.”

Lansbury, 24, will reportedly sell the car in order to drive a ‘less powerful’ Mercedes but will be driven by a friend until the end of the ban.

When handing out the sentence, District Judge Ken Sheraton said “I know that stretch of road well. Quite a lot of people have been caught speeding there, though not many at 115mph.

“It is a speed where I would have considered imposing a ban for the speed itself, but you already have six points on your licence, so you are banned for totting.”

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