Paparazzi bugged Terry's car, court hears

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The England footballer John Terry's car was bugged by paparazzi, it has been claimed in court.

The allegation emerged as magistrates disqualified the Chelsea star from driving for 28 days and fined him £750 after he admitted speeding.

Terry, pictured, who was not present at Staines Magistrates' Court in Surrey, was defended by Nick Freeman, known as "Mr Loophole". Speaking after the hearing, Mr Freeman said his client had been caught by a speed camera doing 77mph in a 50mph zone along the A3 near Hook, Surrey, on 29 December last year.

But he said Terry accelerated only because he was being pursued by two photographers on motorbikes and he was concerned for the safety of his son and daughter, who were in the vehicle.

Mr Freeman said he told magistrates: "Police swept his vehicle and found an electronic device that would have assisted whoever planted it there in knowing his whereabouts."

He said the matter was still being investigated by officers.

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