Former Pool star caused crash

Former Blackpool player Neal Bishop carried out an illegal U-turn

Former Blackpool player Neal Bishop carried out an illegal U-turn

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A footballer who missed a turn while following his satnav caused a crash in which another driver was injured.

Former Blackpool player, Neal Bishop, who now plays for Scunthorpe, was carrying out an illegal U-turn at the time of the accident.

Bishop, 33, of Manor Way, Wrea Green, was found guilty of driving without due care and attention after a trial in his absence.

Bishop’s case was adjourned for him to appear at court to show why he should not be disqualified from driving by District Judge Tom Moran sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Tom Sweeney, prosecuting, said on February 19 about 4pm Bishop was driving his black Mercedes C200 on Preston New Road, approaching the junction with Clifton Business Park, Clifton, near Kirkham.

The junction had traffic lights and Bishop was in lane one where the marking indicated a vehicle should proceed straight on. He was following his satnav and missed his turn so he decided to do a U-turn.

He ignored a red light to turn right across the central reservation into the path of a Volkswagon Golf, the driver of which was unable to avoid the rear of the Mercedes and crashed into it.

He received injuries in the accident. At the time the weather was fine and the road surface dry.