Pub landlord Mark Allen in court for drink driving

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A PUB landlord has been stripped of his personal licence to sell alcohol after admitting two charges of drink-driving.

Mark Allen, 50, of the Three Horseshoes Inn, Main Street, Whissendine, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in Main Street, Whissendine, on November 22. A breath test gave a reading of 93. The legal limit is 35.

Allen also admitted driving with excess alcohol in Teigh Road, Ashwell, on October 13.

The court heard a blood test gave a reading of 309 – the legal limit is 80 – and Allen had had a serious accident.

He was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and had his personal licence forfeited.

Allen was also banned from driving for three years, which may be reduced by nine months if he completes an approved driving course. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.

Allen’s wife, who also holds a personal licence, is now landlady of the pub and has stressed that it’s business as usual.