Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr banned from driving

Axeman was caught doing 72mph in a 40mph zone

Johnny Marr has been banned from driving for 56 days.

The former guitarist with The Smiths and The Cribs, who is currently working on new material with his band The Healers, was caught doing 72mph in a 40mph zone, reports the Daily Mirror.

Marr avoided being given a six-month long ban after he successfully argued that the case should have been heard before two subsequent speeding offences were put on the points total on his licence. He was also fined £535.

The guitarist was not in court himself on Friday (December 2), and instead pleaded guilty through his solicitor Gwyn Lewis. Lewis said of the verdict on Marr’s behalf: “It was something he deeply regrets and it is the first time he has been banned from the roads.”

Marr left The Cribs earlier this year and recently revealed that he had been discussing making new music with his former Smiths bandmate Andy Rourke.

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