> Happy Mondays star Bez sentenced for driving on M56

Happy Mondays star Bez sentenced for driving on M56

HAPPY Mondays star Bez has been sentenced by the courts for ‘reckless and careless’ driving on the M56.

Bez, whose full name is Mark Berry was found guilty of driving without due care and attention at Warrington Magistrates’ Court today, Friday.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that the 58-year-old committed the offence when he was driving his Bentley Continental car on the northbound carriageway near junction five on January 3.

Two police officers on patrol in the area in an unmarked car decided to follow him after he cut across their vehicle, forcing them to brake.

They witnessed the defendant undertaking other cars and driving at excessive speeds through speed restricted roadworks.

He then cut across all three lanes of the motorway, in front of a white van, to leave the motorway at junction five. At this point, he was travelling at around 85 to 90mph.

The officers stopped the vehicle on the off-ramp of junction five and spoke to Bez. By this time, they had been following him for around 13 minutes.

His reply to their query about his driving was that he thought he was being followed by ‘some kind of weirdo’, so he had to speed up to ‘get away’.

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He was charged with driving without due care and attention. He denied the offence, but today was found guilty following a trial.

He was fined £1,009 and must pay a victim surcharge of £101 and costs of £400. Moreover, three points have been added to his licence.

Following the hearing, senior district crown prosecutor Neil Colville, of CPS Mersey-Cheshire, said: “Berry was driving recklessly on that night without any thought for the other drivers on the road.

“It is lucky that someone was not hurt as he was driving at speed and carelessly. The fact that he cut across a car that was being driven by a police officer is fortuitous.

“That led them to follow him and stop him before he could cause any more issues.

“He has denied his wrongdoing until the end, but has now been found guilty.

“Some people think the laws of the land do not apply to them. Speed limits and road regulations are there to protect us all.

“Mark Berry chose to ignore them. He has been found guilty and has only himself to blame.”

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