Hartlepool boss Craig Hignett fined and given six penalty points after being caught speeding on A19

Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett.
Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett.

Hartlepool boss Craig Hignett has been fined after being caught speeding.

The former Middlesbrough, Darlington, Hartlepool and Leicester midfielder's case was heard at Northallerton Magistrates' Court.

He was handed six penalty points and also fined £650 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £55.

Hignett has been in charge at Victoria Park since the start of 2016, but the offence took place three weeks before he was appointed as he drove on the A19 at Thirsk on January 23.

Hignett was in his Audi A4 vehicle at the time.

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

Road safety charity Brake have criticised Hignett's actions.

Spokeswoman for the organisation Lucy Amos said: “It is disappointing to see somebody who, through his position in the public eye, is a role model driving in such a dangerous manner.

"Speeding remains one of the biggest killers on our roads, causing appalling suffering to bereaved and seriously injured victims.

"Breaking speed limits by even a little poses a risk to other road users, because you have less time to react and brake in an emergency, and Mr Hignett’s selfish behaviour is sending out the wrong message to other road users.

"We believe drivers who significantly break the speed limit should face the full force of the law, including a driving ban, to take them off the road and deter others from behaving in a similar way."