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Archbishop of Canterbury convicted of speeding

12 May 2023 2 minute read
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Photo Gareth Fuller PA Images

The Archbishop of Canterbury was convicted of speeding just days after the coronation of the King.

Justin Welby was ordered to pay £510 in total for exceeding a 20mph limit in the Kennington borough of Lambeth on October 2 last year, a court spokeswoman said.

The archbishop also now has three points on his licence after being caught by a speed camera in his Volkswagen Golf on the A3036 Albert Embankment.

He was convicted and sentenced at a private hearing at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday – the same day he condemned the UK Government’s plans to tackle the small boats crisis as “morally unacceptable and politically impractical”.

The conviction, which was first reported by the Evening Standard, also came just days after the coronation of King Charles.

Mr Welby admitted the offence online, was fined £300 and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge and £90 in costs, the court spokeswoman said.

The prosecution was conducted through the Single Justice Procedure – allowing the court to deal with the matter through written evidence in a private hearing.

A Lambeth Palace spokeswoman said the Archbishop was aware of the speeding offence but had not been notified that it had gone to court.

The spokeswoman said: “He has tried to resolve this and pay the fine three times.

“He has all the paperwork to prove that he has tried to pay.

“Admin errors seem to be causing problems.”


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Frank
Frank
9 months ago

Are we in Cymru really interested in this?

Karl
Karl
9 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Nope, English news, we have our own church if religious

Bwgan
Bwgan
9 months ago

Godspeed to him.

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
9 months ago

Meanwhile a deacon from Capel Sardis got a parking ticket …

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
9 months ago

In all seriousness though, isn’t 3 points and over £500 in costs a bit steep for a speeding offence? Most people go on a speed awareness course. Unless of course he was zoooooooming.

CapM
CapM
9 months ago

Altar boy racer

Karl
Karl
9 months ago

Not our news, who cares

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