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Mark Wadsworth: “Norwich Radio DJ banned for speeding in Brighton”

From the BBC1: Local radio presenter Alan Partridge has been banned from driving after he was clocked doing 54mph in a 30mph zone. The 50-year-old radio host, famous for his quirky phone-in shows, pleaded guilty to driving at almost double the speed limit on the A259 at Black Rock, Brighton, on 14 October last year.

Partridge, who gave his address as The Travel Tavern, Linton, was caught speeding in a Kia Optima, Sussex Police said.

He was disqualified from driving for 28 days and fined 670 at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

A further charge of obstructing the course of justice was dropped after Mr Partridge agreed to withdraw his initial statement that his personal assistant Lynn Benfield was in the driving seat at the time of the offence.


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Florida police searching for driver who did donuts in traffic as trend …

PINELLAS PARK, FL (WFLA) It s become a dangerous trend among young drivers purposely driving into traffic to do donuts and it happened at a Pinellas Park intersection over the weekend.

Police said what this driver did could have caused a serious wreck. No one was hurt, but it s a trend that law enforcement is seeing more and more.

The cell phone video is catching the attention of drivers everywhere. Whips and turns, like the ones you see in a movie.

They re looking at too fast and too furious, said a driver Brian Bolt.

He takes 66th Street in Pinellas Park every day.

Bolt said he s glad he wasn t on the road when this car pulled out in the middle of traffic Sunday and started doing donuts. The driver does a full spin, burning rubber and bringing traffic to a screeching halt.

I think it s crazy. Kids don t understand, said Bolt.

We were all young once and we re all the same way. We re Gods, nothing could happen to us and they don t realize what they re doing and the lives they re putting in danger.

Hundreds of videos posted on YouTube show reckless drivers doing similar moves across the country. It s all done for fame and bragging rights.

Florida Highway Patrol trooper Kenn Watson said, Blatant disrespect for any law enforcement in the area.

It s almost like they want to be chased.

It s a dangerous craze with young drivers, that s not only sweeping the nation but hitting right here at home.

It just shows a lack of good decision making especially in an open environment like that where he could lose control of that vehicle. There s children out there, people on bicycles, people walking dogs, and he s doing donuts in the middle of the intersection, said Trooper Watson.

Police continue to search for the driver in Sunday s case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service.

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Eccles is saved: Praying to be declared a "hate crime"

Following the news that the distinguished atheist Richard Dawkins has suffered a mild stroke (fear not, he will soon recover, and the only after-effects will be an inability to speak coherently, so no change there)… following this news, the Church of England, together with other organizations, has encouraged people to pray for Richard and his family (Romana, K9 the dog, and his hive of honey-bearing bees). The main argument from the Christian perspective is that Richard needs a bit more time to get his act together before going to meet his Maker, so let’s give it to him.

Eccles Is Saved: Praying To Be Declared A "hate Crime"

The arch-troll of Canterbury, deliberately offending atheists.

However, supporters of Dawkins have accused such Christians of trolling, and it is clear that the only way this situation can be resolved is if praying for atheists is declared to be a “hate crime”.

Police will be given the powers to raid private homes and confiscate laptops in the search for prayer lists and other evidence of “hate prayers”.

Already it is considered culturally insensitive to wish people “Happy Christmas”, rather than “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings”, and those of my readers who annually send Richard Dawkins a card saying “May you have a Holy and Blessed Christmas you silly old goat” should stop that sort of thing.

Personally, I welcome prayers from Christians. If people with less refined beliefs wish to pray to stone idols, sacred donkeys or Prince Philip, then I promise not to be offended.

Eccles Is Saved: Praying To Be Declared A "hate Crime"

“O Prince Philip, bless thy servant Dawkins, we pray!”

In other news, it has been revealed that a genuine Christian, Dan Walker, has been appointed to host the BBC’s prestigious breakfast show Get off the sofa, you lazy slob, and go to work.

This is a controversial appointment since not only is it virtually certain that Mr Walker is guilty of hate crime (praying) in his spare time, but also, since he is a Christian, he must believe that snakes can talk, that wine-making is done by pouring water into large pots, and that the blind can be cured by having mud rubbed into their eyes. No doubt also he believes in the great Sky Fairy, which no intelligent person has ever done – well, except for Shakespeare, Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, Beethoven, Tolkien, …

oh make your own list.

Eccles Is Saved: Praying To Be Declared A "hate Crime"

Clear off!

We want someone impartial like Stephen Fry!