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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby fined £510 for speeding few days after King Charles coronation

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Archbishop picks up three points on his licence following speeding offence in October last year

The Archbishop of Canterbury was convicted of speeding and ordered to pay £510 in fines and legal costs just days after the coronation of King Charles.

Justin Welby was caught exceeding the 20mph speed limit on a road in Lambeth, central London on 2 October last year.

The archbishop was also handed three penalty points after being caught by a speed camera in his Volkswagen Golf on the A3036 Albert Embankment.

He was convicted in a private hearing at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday – the same day he criticised the government’s plans to tackle the issue of migrants crossing the Channel on small boats as “morally unacceptable and politically impractical”.

King Charles III is crowned with St Edward's Crown by The Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Welby during his coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, London. Picture date: Saturday May 6, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Coronation. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

King Charles III is crowned with St Edward’s Crown by the archbishop during his coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey

The conviction, first reported by the Evening Standard, came just days after Mr. Welby led the King’s coronation ceremony.

Mr. Welby admitted the offence online – he was handed a £300 fine and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge and £90 in costs.

The prosecution was conducted through the Single Justice Procedure, which allows 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.

“He has tried to resolve this and pay the fine three times,” the spokesperson said.

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