Former Pool player’s conviction quashed in address blunder

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ONE of the heroes of a promotion-winning football club will not be arrested after a police blunder over his address.

The Crown Prosecution Service did not apply for a warrant for the arrest of former Pool star Miguel Llera-Garzon when his case came up at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Llera-Garzon was caught speeding at more than 100 miles an hour on the M55 and was convicted in his absence at a hearing in April.

Because the speed was so high magistrates wanted the footballer to appear before them when it came to sentencing because they were considering imposing a driving ban.

He failed to turn up, but instead of having him arrested the magistrates cancelled the conviction. One of the magistrates said the address in Lytham, where all the police prosecution paperwork had been sent, did not exist.

The magistrate added: “I live in that area and there is no such address.”

The court agreed the police be given six weeks to try to find the correct address the player is living at.

The former Seasiders player braved the pain barrier from two head injuries to help lift Sheffield Wednesday into the Championship at the end of this season.

The 32-year-old defender, who joined The Owls in midseason from Blackpool, was carried from the field by fans on the night promotion was clinched.