Football hero Peter Shilton has request to pay off 1,020 drink-drive fine in installments turned down as he is banned from the road

Football hero Peter Shilton pleads poverty as he is fined 1,020 drink-driving after he caught by police via anonymous tip
Former England goalkeeper pleaded guilty at Colchester Magistrates' Court He was found to have more than double the legal amount of alcohol in his body when he was breathalysed
The 63-year-old arrived at court with his girlfriend Stephanie Hayward

By
Tara Brady

PUBLISHED:

11:32 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

15:04 GMT, 19 March 2013

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton today asked if he could pay a 1,020 fine for drink-driving 'because his finances are complicated' as he was banned from the road for 20 months.

The 63-year-old pleaded pleaded poverty as he admitted the charge during a 15-minute hearing at Colchester Magistrates’ Court this morning after arriving with his glamorous blonde girlfriend.

The court heard that he was found to have more than double the legal amount of alcohol in his system when he was breathalysed on February 24 following an anonymous tip by a member of the public.

Peter Shilton arrives at court with his partner Stephanie Hayward to answer a charge of drink driving

Peter Shilton arrives at court with his partner Stephanie Hayward to answer a charge of drink driving

He was driving a 2010-registered Jaguar XF near the home of his girlfriend, Stephanie Hayward, in Manor Road, Colchester, Essex, at time and was caught after an anonymous tip-off to police.

As he left court, Shilton, England’s most capped player, said: 'I’ve nothing to say, really – just that I had a very fair hearing.'

He left in a taxi from the nearby Colchester Town railway station.

Magistrate Ilona Perkins-Van Mil banned Shilton from driving for 20 months and ordered him to pay fines and costs totalling 1,020.

The court heard that Shilton had been drinking wine at a family celebration throughout the day but did not think he was over the limit.

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The court heard that Peter Shilton was found to have more than double the legal amount of alcohol in his system when he was breathalysed

The court heard that Peter Shilton was found to have more than double the legal amount of alcohol in his system when he was breathalysed

Prosecutor Joseph Stickings said police were called to Ms Hayward’s home at about 8.35pm.

They had received an anonymous tip-off that a man, who seemed drunk, had been driving nearby.

'As police were speaking to a woman at the address, Mr Shilton pulled up behind the police car,' Mr Stickings said.

'The officer spoke to him and could smell alcohol on his breath. He was tested and provided a positive breath test.'

Shilton, of Burton Green, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, wore a charcoal suit with a tie today and spoke only to confirm his name and address and enter a plea.

1988, Peter Shilton

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton arrives at Colchester Magistrates Court in Essex

Peter Shilton pictured in 1988 (left) made more than 125 appearances for England and (right) the former goalkeeper arriving at court

He arrived with singer Ms Hayward, who sat in court wearing a black dress with lace sleeves.

Paul Tawn, mitigating, said Shilton would find it difficult to pay any fine because his finances were 'complicated' as he is currently going through a divorce and selling his house.

He added: 'He’d had a very pleasant day at a family celebration and had consumed wine with meals throughout the day.

'He had gone to move his car closer to his partner’s address because he had an early start.

'He didn’t travel far, just a couple of streets, and wasn’t driving very quickly at all.

'He was aware he had consumed alcohol but it was throughout the day so he did not think he was over the limit – if he had, he would not have pulled up behind the police officer.'

Mr Tawn described the arrest as a 'matter of deep regret' for Shilton, who has three points on his licence following a speeding offence in March 2011.

Ms Perkins-Van Mil warned Shilton he could face custody if he breached the ban and ordered him to pay the fine in full before leaving the building.

Shilton made 125 appearances for his country.

He played more than 1,000 competitive matches for 11 different clubs including Stoke City, Nottingham Forest, Derby and Southampton, during his career.

Peter Shilton (right) was driving a 2010-registered Jaguar XF near the home of his girlfriend, Stephanie Hayward (left) when he was caught

Peter Shilton (right) was driving a 2010-registered Jaguar XF near the home of his girlfriend, Stephanie Hayward (left) when he was caught