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Nicola Robinson, 27, was clocked doing 72mph in a 40mph zone

Nicola Robinson, 27, was clocked doing 72mph in a 40mph zone

An estate agent caught doing 72mph in a 40mph zone has escaped a road ban after she blamed her driving on being late for work.

Nicola Robinson, 27, was clocked at nearly twice the legal limit as she sped through Manchester city centre in her red BMW 116i Sport.

The senior sales negotiator for estate agents Jordan Fishwick was travelling from her parents' luxury barn conversion in Bolton.

She had faced a possible disqualification of up to 56 days under rules targeting drivers who travel at 45 per cent above the limit.

But at Manchester magistrates court Miss Robinson, who has a clean driving record in ten years of motoring, escaped with six penalty points after telling JPs a ban could mean her losing her job and not being able to pay rent to her parents.

She admitted speeding but urged the court not to ban her adding: 'I will never do it again - all of my life I have been an estate agent and I don't know what else I would do.'

She also said she had installed a 'speed limiter' in her BMW allowing her to set a maximum speed she can travel at.

The incident occurred on July 13 last year when Miss Robinson was flashed by a camera on the A6 Broad Street in Salford as she was driving into work for an afternoon shift. 

The court heard she was brought before JPs due to the speed she was travelling at.

Miss Robinson, of Bolton, was speeding at nearly twice the legal limit

She was caught speeding through Manchester city centre in her red BMW 116i Sport

Miss Robinson, of Bolton, was speeding at nearly twice the legal limit as she sped through Manchester city centre in her red BMW 116i Sport

Giving evidence Miss Robinson told the court: 'It is out of character. There is no explanation for what I did. It was on the A6 going into Manchester.

'I have not sped since then. I have a limiter on my car that stops

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