A MOTORIST has been fined but has kept his driving licence after admitting speeding more than 30 miles per hour above the speed limit on the Newtown bypass.

Jake Alan Cook, 32, admitted speeding when he appeared at Welshpool Magistrates Court.

The court heard that on September 14 he was driving along a single carriageway of the Newtown bypass in a Peugeot, when he was stopped by police.

He had been recorded travelling in daylight at 82mph on a stretch of the road where the speed limit is 50mph.

Representing himself, Cook, of Nobold, Baschurch, Shropshire, said: “I’m embarrassed about it. I only moved up here a few days before.

“I was coming back from Llys Nant and was behind a lorry and I was trying to overtake it. I thought it was a dual carriageway.”

Chair of the magistrates bench Dr Rachel Jones gave Cook a £484 fine, and ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £48 victim surcharge.

The magistrates decided he could keep his licence but that it would be endorsed with six points