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24 October 2011, 18:22
Cheshire-based Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown has escaped a driving ban for speeding.
He was clocked doing 105mph in his Lexus car on the M6 in April.
48 year old Brown, from Lymm, appeared before Chester magistrates who fined him £650 and endorsed his driving licence with six penalty points, after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
Brown, wearing a shirt and tie and a large black jacket, thanked magistrates after his lawyer Nick Freeman argued that a driving ban would have caused him ``insurmountable'' difficulties in relation to seeing his 11-year-old son who lives in London with his mother and in attending Stone Roses band rehearsals.
The court heard that Brown has two other sons, aged 15 and 19, from a previous relationship and he needs his car to continue seeing them regularly.
The court heard Brown also goes to the supermarket ``regularly'' for his elderly parents who live in Timperley, Greater Manchester.
Mr Freeman said it was ``as a consequence of his domestic obligations'' that Brown was ``very much dependent'' on his car.
He was also ordered to pay £300 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.