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Singer Will Young gets six month ban for dangerous driving


A near fatal accident in January saw singer Will Young disqualified from driving at a court appearance in Scotland last week. The Pop Idol star discovered anything is not always possible when Sheriff J Euan Edment handed out a six-month ban for driving without due care and attention, and driving too fast in bad weather.

Young had already entered guilty pleas to the charges. In addition to the ban, he was given five penalty points on his driving licence and fined £600. The Jedburgh Sheriff Court date was the end result of an incident on the 21 January in which the singer caused a man to jump for his life and then rammed and wrote off another car.

The 39-year-old singer was driving in the direction of Edinburgh on the A68 and is alleged to have thought a bollard was a central reservation marker. He entered what was in fact a layby at 40mph, before nearly hitting the man crossing it and then ploughing into a parked car.

The time, around 18:00, and weather which was said to have been poor were key factors in the accident. Young braked hard to miss the man crossing the road and swerved into the Nissan Qashqai. Although this was a write off, Young's own Mercedes G-Class was only damaged.

At a previous court appearance in March, Young had said sorry and pleaded guilty. The judges noted the guilty pleas were in his favour and he had also done the right thing by putting the man in his own car before calling police to the scene of the accident.