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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Edinburgh Woollen Mill boss guilty of careless driving

Edinburgh Woollen Mill boss Philip Day has faced a criminal prosecution for the second time in a year – this time for careless driving.

The tycoon, 47, of Edmond Castle at Corby Hill, near Carlisle, admitted at Dumfries Sheriff Court driving at speeds of up to 83mph, and overtaking when it wasn’t safe to do so.

He also crossed chevron markings during one overtaking manoeuvre.

Day admitted driving on the A7 Carlisle to Edinburgh road near Canonbie in February while his view was restricted by excess spray caused by other vehicles.

The prosecution has come just six months after Day went through a high-profile case at Carlisle Crown Court for allowing damage to be caused to a site of special scientific interest in an area of woodland that he owns.

He was left facing a fine and costs which together totalled more than £900,000.

As the millionaire sat in the dock at the Sheriff Court this week, his counsel, Ian Duguid, QC, argued that there were special reasons why his client’s licence should not to be endorsed.

He requested a delay in the continuation for the hearing because Day had business commitments in the Middle East over the next few weeks.

Sheriff George Jamieson ruled that the next hearing should be next year on February 14, Valentines Day.

In the Carlisle Crown Court case, the judge ruled that Day used a man who was effectively his estate manager to take the blame.

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