London Lite Friday, 28 August 2009 11 by mark blunden drink-drive england star knocked over lamppost England footballer david Bentley was banned from driving for a year and fined 500 today for smashing his 90,000 Porsche into a lamppost while drunk. The Spurs midfielder, 25, had downed four pints and spirits when he lost control and crashed in the early hours of 13 august. The prang happened as Bentley, who celebrated his birthday yester- day, was driving home through Potters Bar after he had partied with pals at a gig in Shoreditch, east london. Today a court heard he was almost one and a half times the drink-drive limit when he crashed. Bentley was given a 12-month driv- ing ban plus the fine, and was ordered to pay another 100 in costs at St albans Magistrates. The court heard that the star, who is said to earn about 50,000 a week, had been fined two weeks wages by furious Spurs boss Harry Redknapp. Bentley has also lost a significant contract worth tens of thousands of pounds with Puma sportswear. Prosecutor Janet Brooks told the court: at 3.10am, police were called to Judges Hill in Potters Bar, where Mr Bentleys Porsche had left the carriageway and collided with a lamppost. He was at the scene with another male. He said hed had four pints and a couple of spirits and... hit the kerb. defending Bentley, who spoke only to confirm his personal details, adam davis described his clients exemplary character. He said: He made a foolish decision and he accepts that. It is to his credit that he didnt leave the vehicle. He was concerned about it being an obstruction. Pleading with the judge not to ban Bentley from driving, Mr davis said: His partner is due to give birth in f i v e w e e k s a n d h i s working life is affected. Bentley will only have to serve nine months of the ban if he attends a drink-driving awareness course. H Drink-driving: the Spurs star crashed a blue Porsche into this lamppost smashed spurs ace Bentley is banned over porschecrash 12-month ban: Bentley leaves court today Inbrief launchofcovent guardianpatrol A TEAM of Covent Guardians has gone on duty to tackle anti- social behaviour in Covent Garden. The uniformed wardens will patrol the piazza to look out for vandalism, drunkeness and to provide directions to visitors. Westminster councillor Daniel Astaire said: They will provide a reassuring presence. lightbulb ban to hit fairgrounds FAIRGROUNDS and circuses could be plunged into darkness because of European Union rules on lightbulbs. As part of a drive to cut carbon dioxide emissions, the EU has banned incandescent 100 watt bulbs used on carousels and ghost trains. Operators say it will ruin the soft glow of fairgrounds. Fizzy cola bottle Uks top sweet THE fizzy cola bottle has been named the nations favourite sweet. The non-fizzy variety of the cola bottle came second, followed by rhubarbs and custards, wine gums, black jacks and jelly babies. The Marks & Spencer poll of 4,000 people also found that women liked chocolate more than men. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html