Archbishop of Canterbury convicted of speeding days after coronation of King Charles III

Justin Welby. Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The Archbishop of Canterbury was convicted of speeding just days after the coronation of the King.

Justin Welby was ordered to pay £510 in total for exceeding a 20mph limit in the Kennington borough of Lambeth on October 2 last year, a court spokeswoman said.

The archbishop also now has three points on his licence after being caught by a speed camera in his Volkswagen Golf on the A3036 Albert Embankment.

He was convicted and sentenced at a private hearing at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday – the same day he condemned the Government’s plans to tackle the small boats crisis as “morally unacceptable and politically impractical”.

Justin Welby condemned the Government’s Illegal Migration Bill Credit: PA

The conviction, which was first reported by the Evening Standard, also came just days after the coronation of King Charles.

Mr Welby admitted the offence online, was fined £300 and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge and £90 in costs, the court spokeswoman said.

The prosecution was conducted through the Single Justice Procedure – allowing the court to deal with the matter through written evidence in a private hearing.

A Lambeth Palace spokesperson said: "Yes, the Archbishop knows about it but hadn’t been notified that it had gone to court. He has tried to resolve this and pay the fine 3 times. He has all the paperwork to prove that he has tried to pay. Admin errors seem to be causing problems."

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