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A speeding vicar escaped a driving ban after being caught for the fourth time in four years – because it would stop him preaching to his rural parish.

Rev Tudor Rowlands, 74, was caught by police zooming along country roads doing 40mph in a 30mph area.

He already had nine points on his licence from three previous speeding offences – but escaped a driving ban thanks to his holy job.

A court was told Rev Rowlands, who has been a minister for 46 years, was still in charge of 10 chapels across a very large rural parish around Welshpool, Powys, North Wales.

He admitted speeding at Welshpool magistrates’ court but pleaded “exceptional hardship” and said a driving ban would affect the “spiritual health of communities” if he couldn’t reach lonely and elderly people who could not get the church.

Rev Rowland apologised for his speeding and said he believed he had learned his lesson after being caught for a fourth time in just four years.

Magistrates accepted his argument of exceptional hardship and fined him £70, ordered him to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20. / @SWEveningPost



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