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Freudian slip in the fast lane

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

Freud leaves Exeter Magistrates' Court

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A WEALTHY public relations expert drove through Mid Devon at 117mph in a Ferrari with his five-year-old son asleep in the front seat.

Matthew Freud, said to be advising the new director general of the BBC through its current crises, was driving home from a business trip to Cornwall when a police officer spotted him racing along the M5 in the fast lane.

Freud, head of international PR firm Freud Communications, is the great grandson of psychology pioneer Sigmund Freud and son of former MP and TV personality Clement Freud.

He is married to Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth and is a friend of Prime Minister David Cameron and part of the PM's so-called Chipping Norton set.

Exeter magistrates on Thursday banned him from driving for six months and ordered him to pay £905.

The bench told him: "This was an exceptionally high speed especially with a small child in the car."

The court heard that Freud, 48, of London, had borrowed the black Ferrari from a business associate and he wasn't used to it.

Prosecutor David Barnes told the court that a detection device recorded his speed at 117mph at Sampford Peverell on July 31.

Freud's lawyer Martin Bourne told the court that his client already had nine points on his licence in the last three years – two fixed penalties for speeding and one for using a mobile phone while driving.

Father-of-six Freud admitted speeding and was given six points on his licence. He was banned for six months and fined £830 with £75 costs and victim surcharge.

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