David Beckham could face court after 'using mobile while driving'
Former England captain's alleged offence happened nearly two months after he got off a speeding charge on a technicality
By Sky News
Last Updated: 14/02/19 5:48pm
David Beckham could appear in court after allegedly using a mobile phone while driving - less than two months after getting off a speeding charge.
A member of the public told the police they had seen the former England captain making a call in his Bentley Bentayga SUV near Oxford Street in central London on November 21.
CCTV footage of the alleged incident is understood to have been obtained, and the case is set to appear before Bromley magistrates on 19 March.
A London Magistrates' courts spokesman said Beckham, 43, received a justice procedure notice in the post, but had not yet been charged.
A hearing will take place at Bromley Magistrates' Court on 19 March.
The father-of-four can admit to the alleged offence by letter, appear in court to contest the charge, or send his lawyer so he does not have to appear publicly.
If convicted, he faces six points on his licence and a £2,000 fine.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "An allegation was made by a member of the public to the Met that on 21 November 2018 they saw a 43-year-old man on his mobile phone while driving his car in the area of Great Portland Street.
"The 43-year-old man has been sent a notice of intended prosecution."
The alleged offence happened nearly two months after Beckham's £10,000-a-day celebrity lawyer, Nick Freeman, got him off a speeding charge on a technicality in September.
He was accused of driving his Bentley at 59mph in a 40mph zone on the A40 in Paddington on 23 January, 2018.
Beckham was facing three points on his licence and a fine of up to £1,000, but Mr Freeman, known as 'Mr Loophole', stated that the notice of intended prosecution arrived one day outside the 14-day limit and was therefore "defective".
The judge agreed and said Beckham could therefore not be convicted.
Road safety charity Brake accused Beckham at the time of "shirking his responsibility" by avoiding prosecution.
Mr Freeman even admitted his client probably should have been convicted from "a moral standpoint".
Beckham and his fashion designer wife, Victoria, who own a home in west London's exclusive Holland Park, are believed to have a joint net worth of £670m.