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Ipswich Town's James Norwood banned from being behind wheel after drink-driving conviction




Ipswich Town star striker James Norwood has been banned from being behind the wheel for 40 months after he was found guilty of drink-driving.

The 30-year-old had denied being over the legal limit after driving back from Aurora nightclub, in Ipswich, to his home in Cockfield last summer, but was found guilty after hours of deliberation at Suffolk Magistrates Court today.

Norwood was banned from driving for 40 months, to be reduced by 40 weeks on completion of a course, and fined £5,000.

Ipswich Town forward James Norwood. Picture: ITFC.
Ipswich Town forward James Norwood. Picture: ITFC.

It comes after the 30-year-old was pulled over by police in the early hours of August 30 last year, and found with 58 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

He had been driving back from Aurora nightclub, in Ipswich, after drinking what he said was 'two beers'.

The court heard how he had been driving back with former team mate Paul Mullin in the passenger seat.

Norwood was stopped by police in Cockfield last summer. Picture: Barry Goodwin.
Norwood was stopped by police in Cockfield last summer. Picture: Barry Goodwin.

Asked whether he had concerns getting in the car with Norwood, Mr Mullin said he would not have got in the car with someone he thought was not 'capable' of driving.

During the trial, in mitigation, Richard Berman questioned the reliability of the breathalyser equipment used by police to test Norwood.

He also challenged whether missing CCTV footage of the inside of an intoximeter room at Bury St Edmunds police investigation unit, where Norwood was further breathalysed, affected the reliability of the police evidence.

The CCTV footage is automatically wiped after 90 days, the court heard, and could not be used in evidence.

Norwood has been banned from being behind the wheel for 40 months and fined £5,000. Picture: Barry Goodwin.
Norwood has been banned from being behind the wheel for 40 months and fined £5,000. Picture: Barry Goodwin.

The court heard from the prosecution however there were inconsistencies in Norwood's evidence as to how much he had drunk on the night of the incident.

Norwood was also ordered to pay a £190 victim surcharge, and £750 in costs.

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