Posh star waits for fate after driving crimes

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing in action for Posh. Photo: David Lowndes
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing in action for Posh. Photo: David Lowndes
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A Peterborough United footballer who drove a car with no licence and no insurance is awaiting his fate after his solicitors argued that a ban would result in ‘hardship’.

Winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (21) has already pleaded guilty to driving his C-Class Mercedes Benz on Taverners Road, Peterborough, without insurance and otherwise in accordance with a licence on July 10 last year.

Mendez-Laing, of Eagle Way, Hampton Vale, was due to appear at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

But the player, who joined Shrewsbury Town on loan last month, did not attend the hearing and instead a letter from his solicitors was passed to District Judge Ken Sheraton.

Mr Sheraton said: “The defence are looking to make an application following the guilty plea.

“They say the defendant has six points on his licence and may raise hardship against a possible disqualification.”

The hearing was adjourned until February 17 when Mendez-Laing will be due to reappear before the court.

The player, who was born in Birmingham and started his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, has already racked up more than 60 appearances and eight goals at Posh.

He initially joined the team on loan during the 2010-11 season and starred as Posh were promoted to the Championship after winning the League One play-offs. He later made a permanent move to the club in summer 2012 for a fee of about £100,000.

As well as playing for Posh he has also enjoyed loan spells with Portsmouth and Sheffield United.