Archibishop of Canterbury Justin Welby fined £500 over traffic offence

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby fined £500 over traffic offence

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend, Justin Welby, has been caught with speeding in London and consequently fined more than £500.

The cleric who was also given three penalty points, was recorded in a speed camera on 2 October driving at 25mph in a 20mph zone in his Volkswagen Golf last year.

The 67-year-old was driving along the Albert Embankment towards his official residence at Lambeth Palace.

It was learnt that he admitted the offence in writing and was sentenced at a private magistrates’ court hearing.

The archbishop was prosecuted through the single justice procedure – a method that allows courts to deal with cases without the defendant having to go to a hearing.

He pleaded guilty online on Wednesday, the same day he appeared at the House of Lords to condemn the government’s Illegal Migration Bill.

Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court ordered Mr Welby to pay a £300 fine, a £120 victim surcharge and £90 in legal costs, as well as adding the penalty points to his driving licence.

According to a spokesperson for Lambeth Palace, the archbishop had been unaware the case might be dealt with in court.

The spokesperson 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.”