Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings in court after being caught using his phone while driving

Tyrone Mings

Tyrone Mings

Ipswich Town star Tyrone Mings has been slapped with a fine and given three points on his licence after admitting using his mobile phone while driving.

The 21-year-old, of Purdis Farm Lane, Ipswich, was caught on his phone while driving his black Audi on the A1214 at Kesgrave on July 15.

In a statement read out at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Mings said: “I was turning my phone on after it had been playing up all morning. I realise I shouldn’t have done it while driving. I have hands-free, which I would usually use.

“I am in a position to pay a penalty if the court sees fit.”

District Judge Celia Dawson issued the Blues’ defender with three points on his licence and a £200 fine, plus £85 statutory surcharge and £20 in costs.

Mings made his debut for the club in May 2013 and since then has been renowned for his kind gestures.

In July this year, after Town’s squad numbers for the 2014/15 season were announced, Mings offered to buy new shirts for two supporters who had already bought strips with his old number on the back.

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And in 2013, the youngster, from Bath, bought two match tickets for a fan who couldn’t afford it after striking a conversation with him on Twitter.

Mings spent Tuesday’s game against Charlton Athletic, which saw Town take away a 3-0 victory, on the bench.