Birmingham & Black Country

Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne banned from driving

Richard Dunne
Image caption Dunne was trying to find a parking space for his black Range Rover when police spotted him

A Premier League footballer has been given a driving ban for travelling the wrong way down a one-way street.

The Aston Villa and Republic of Ireland defender Richard Dunne ignored a No Entry sign in Newhall Street in Birmingham city centre on 19 September.

Dunne, 31, of Lodge Lane, Dutton, Warrington, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing before Birmingham magistrates.

He was given a six-month ban as he already had nine points on his licence.

'Very apologetic'

Catherine Junor, defending, said Dunne had been looking for a parking space for his Range Rover.

She said he had been "very apologetic" and pulled over immediately when he came across a police car driving towards him.

Dunne was ordered to pay a £333 fine, £60 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Aston Villa Football Club said it had no comment to make about the ban.

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