Son of Ian Botham is banned from the road for six months

Ian Botham’s son Liam, 41, is banned from the road for six months after he was caught doing 79mph in his £90,000 Range Rover

  • Police say they spotted Botham driving fast but did not register on machines
  • A month later in February, Botham caught speeding at 79mph in a 70mph zone 
  • He has been banned from driving for six months after latest speeding offence 

Liam Botham leaves Northallerton Magistrates Court with wife Lisa after being banned from driving

Sir Ian Botham’s son has been banned from driving for six months after he was caught speeding in his £100,000 Range Rover.   

Liam Botham, 41, was caught doing 79mph in a 70mph zone in his black SDV8 Autobiography Range Rover on the A158 at Asenby, North Yorkshire on February 12, 2018.  

Previously, police believed they spotted the vehicle driving fast on the A66 in North Yorkshire at 8.50am on January 6 2018, a court heard. 

Yet the camera van operator received an error message when he targeted the car on the 70mph road.   

He pulled the trigger again but there was a three second delay before it was captured travelling at the legal speed of 55mph.

Prosecutor Alison Whiteley claimed the car had ‘slowed dramatically’ to 55mph and the operator suspected the car was equipped with a jammer. 

Police suspected he was using a jammer but after he was investigated he was not charged with perverting the course of justice. He told them a box on his car was part of his dashcam. 

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A month later, on February 12, Botham was clocked doing 79mph on a 70mph road on a section of the A158 at Asenby, North Yorkshire. 

The former rugby player and son of cricket legend Sir Ian Botham appeared at the Northallerton court and admitted speeding. 

Liam Botham’s car had a AL Priority multi-purpose parking system device in his car, which are commonly purchased as a parking sensor. Software can be downloaded onto the device to turn it into a speed jammer. There is no suggestion Liam Botham turned the gadget into a jamming device

On January 28, Liam Botham was given three points for speeding and six for failing to disclose the identity of the driver.

He had previous points on his licence and disqualified under trotting up, fined £800 with an £80 surcharge and £620 costs. 

It is unclear how many points Botham has amassed on his licence in total but he has accumulated enough points to receive a driving ban. 

Three years earlier, Botham’s Land Rover motor clocked travelling at 58mph in a 50 zone on the A690 in Houghton Le Spring on February 17, 2015. 

Family: Sir Ian Botham with his daughter Becky, wife Kath and son Liam

London Broncos’ Liam Botham in action against Hull during the Tetley’s Super League match at Welford Road, Leicester, Sunday June 20, 2004

He was given a fine, ordered to pay costs and banned from the roads after being convicted of failing to provide information about who was driving the vehicle.

Similarly, Botham was also found guilty of failing to disclose who was driving the vehicle on February 12, 2018. 

Liam Botham’s sentence was welcomed by road safety charity Brake.

Campaigns Director Joshua Harris said: ‘It’s grossly irresponsible for anyone, let alone those in the public eye, to show such disregard for safe driving.

‘Speeding is a menace on our roads and drivers who selfishly ignore speed limits put all road users at serious risk.

‘Banning dangerous repeat offenders is vital to help keep our roads safe for the majority of drivers who do abide by our laws and keep within speed limits.’ 

Liam Botham, Wigan Warriors’ makes his debut against Hull FC during the Engage Super League match at the JJB Stadium, Wigan, Friday June 10, 2005

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