Driver was speeding at 118mph while driving daughter home to resort

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 July 2018

Ipswich Magistrates' Court Picture: ARCHANT

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A forklift truck operator has been allowed to keep his licence after driving a Vauxhall Astra at almost 120mph along the A12 as he was driving his daughter to Great Yarmouth.

Graham Cannon admitted the offence before magistrates in Ipswich on Thursday.

The 34-year-old admitted travelling at an average 118mph between Stratford St Mary and East Bergholt last summer.

Cannon, of Grays, in Essex, said his reason for speeding was based on the belief his own safety was in danger at the time.

Cannon went on to explain he had moved from Great Yarmouth to escape “the wrong circle of two or three people”.

The court heard he had been driving his daughter home to her home back in Great Yarmouth following a holiday, when he suddenly felt the need to accelerate away from two motorcyclists.

He told the court he needed his licence for his job.

Magistrates put six points on Cannon’s previously clean driving licence and fined him £300 and ordered him to pay the costs of the prosecution.

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