Defoe accused of driving offences

Tottenham and England footballer Jermaine Defoe has denied a series of motoring offences, including letting someone use his car without insurance.

Mr Defoe, 26, from Cuffley, Hertfordshire, did not attend a hearing in Southend when it was decided the case would be sent for trial.

Another man, Ryan Edgar, 23, of east London, also denied charges which include driving without insurance.

The trial will take place before magistrates in Southend on 1 May.

Mr Defoe is charged with permitting the use of a motor vehicle without insurance, aiding and abetting the driving of a motor vehicle not in accordance with a licence, and that the vehicle was potentially dangerous because of the tinted windows.

Mr Edgar, of Plaistow, who also did not attend the hearing, is charged with using a motor vehicle without insurance, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and using a vehicle in a condition likely to cause danger.