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Spurs striker Defoe up on speeding charge

Jermain Defoe will appear in court on Wednesday for speeding and other driving offences.

But after the Tottenham Hotspur striker suffered a foot injury at the weekend, it is not clear whether he will be attending the hearing at Fareham Magistrates' Court.

Defoe, who recently made a £15million move from Portsmouth, is to be represented by Nick Freeman, known as ``Mr Loophole'', who has become famous for helping celebrities including Jeremy Clarkson avoid driving convictions.

The 26-year-old is alleged to have been caught by speed cameras in Portsmouth on three occasions last year.

He is charged with failing to identify the driver of a vehicle when requested to do so by the chief constable of Hampshire police in relation to the three speeding offences.

The speeding offences are of exceeding 40mph twice on May 7 and March 12 and of exceeding 30mph on May 8, according to the CPS.

He is due to appear today for the 40mph matters with a second hearing to be held at the same court on April 22 for the 30mph case.

Defoe, from Cuffley, Herts, is also to be represented by Mr Freeman for a second set of alleged driving offences before Southend Magistrates' Court in Essex.

He initially pleaded guilty to three offences alleged to have occurred in Canvey, Essex, on April 17 last year but later changed his pleas to not guilty and a trial is to be held on March 23.

He is charged with permitting the use of a vehicle without insurance, permitting use of a vehicle while in a dangerous condition because of heavily tinted windows and aiding and abetting driving without a licence, according to the CPS.

His friend Ryan Edgar, 23, of Plaistow, east London, is charged with driving Defoe's Land Rover without insurance, without a full licence and driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition. He has not entered pleas and is due to appear at Southend Magistrates' Court on February 10.

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