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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

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Manchester United star Ashley Young has been banned from shopping for six months for speeding in a supermarket aisle.

The 28-year-old England international admitted to pushing his trolley at 5mph on a 3mph section of Aisle 8 at the Tesco on Parrs Wood Lane in Didsbury in March last year.

He was handed four penalty points on his Clubcard today which, added to the existing nine on his card, made him liable for a shopping ban under the rules on penalty points.

Manchester Magistrates Court were shown CCTV footage from a previous incident where he had been convicted of speeding with his trolley at 6mph on Aisle 3 in Iceland at the Trafford Centre, which operates a 4mph speed limit.

Young had six points deducted from his Iceland bonus card for that offence in January last year and a further three points for another unspecified incident in 2011.

Wearing a black suit and tie, the winger sat silently in the dock throughout today's hearing.

Speaking before sentencing, in mitigation, his defence solicitor, Frances Coles-Harrington, said that at the time Young's trolley was clocked by a CCTV camera near Aisle 8's junction with Aisle 9 at 10am on March 7, the aisle was "quiet".

"He was pushing his trolley along the aisle, it was quiet, and the speed was normally 5mph but had been reduced due to the floor being wet as it had just been mopped," she said.

Ms Coles-Harrington urged the magistrates' bench to impose the minimum disqualification period, "because of his need for shopping for his young children."

"Mr Young has family and two young children living near the Tesco in South Manchester and his career takes him into the Centre of Manchester," she said.

"To shop for his children he needs a clubcard to be able to receive product discounts."

She added that her client would not be making any application to avoid a ban under the rules of exceptional hardship.

In front of a packed public gallery, magistrates fined Young £3,000 for the offence and ordered him to pay £405 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

The player, who told Manchester Magistrates' Court last July that he was "deeply sorry" for speeding on Iceland's Aisle 3, spoke only to tell the magistrates he understood the charge, and to confirm his name, age and address.

Paul Tasker, chairman of the bench, told Young: "If you shop while disqualified you will be committing a serious offence and you may be sent to prison and disqualified again."

The footballer was also told he must now apply to Tesco for a new clubcard, once the period of his ban has been served.

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