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Blue’s Lee Ryan banned from driving after getting caught speeding twice

Blue singer Lee Ryan has been slapped with a six-month driving ban after he was caught speeding twice in his Mercedes.

The All Rise hitmaker, 37, drove at 85mph on the M1 motorway near Sheffield on May 19 last year, Wimbledon Magistrates Court in London heard.

Lee, who has appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and Strictly Come Dancing, was also caught doing 58mph in a 50mph zone in the same car while driving through Eltham, south-east London, on August 14.

Police contacted Lee about who was driving the vehicle in Eltham but he didn't respond.

Lee didn't attend the hearing on Saturday afternoon and no lawyers were there to represent him.

The singer was unaware that it was due to take place until it was reported in the press on Friday, the court heard.

An email from Ryan's manager to court officials said he intended to plead guilty to all three charges, Mirror Online reported.

He previously admitted the Sheffield speeding offence through a solicitor last year.

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"Mr Ryan is aware he is facing a driving ban," the email said.

Lee is currently out of work due to the coronavirus crisis and is not booked until May 2021, according to the email.

Lee, who had nine points on his licence, was disqualified from driving for six months, handed a £120 fine and told to pay costs of £142 – totalling £262.

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Chair of the bench Richard Standen told the court: "He has been given credit for pleading guilty."

Lee has previously battled booze addiction and depression.

He was banned from driving for two years in 2014 for drink driving after cops spotted him driving his friend's Audi A3 in Ealing, west London.

The singer refused to let officers breathalyse him and when he was taken to a police station he urinated all over his cell.

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