Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Please Don't Ban Me

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Please Don't Ban Me

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Byline: By Daniel Cochlin

Athletics legend Steve Cram gave a stark insight into his tangled private life when he appeared in court on a motoring charge yesterday.

Asked by magistrates for any reason he should not lose his licence, the former world champion said his wife would not be happy about his girlfriend having to pick up his children.

Cram, 43, split from his wife Karen in February last year and now lives with international athlete Allison Curbishley, 42, in Ryal, near Matfen, Northumberland. Cram had earlier admitted a charge of carrying excess passengers in his car on 13 August last year.

When stopped by police in Newcastle he had five passengers in his car and said he thought it would be "impolite" to ask the extra person to get out.

At Newcastle Magistrates' Court yesterday, the former world record holder and BBC

commentator, was banned from driving for six months after totting up 12 points on his licence.

The former Olympic silver medalist told the court he feared a ban would mean he lost touch with his daughter Josie, 15, who is at boarding school in Worcestershire and son Marcus, 12, who lives with Cram's wife, Karen, in Morpeth.

Giving evidence, Cram said "My wife wouldn't take too kindly to my partner driving round to pick up my children.

"A ban would pretty much make it impossible to see my children but I would try my absolute best to still see them.

"My partner lives with me, however her work also means she is away an awful lot and for me to see my children as regularly as I would normally would cause me extreme difficulty."

Cram also claimed it would be very hard to carry on his voluntary work without being able to drive.

The policeman's son is the non-paid chairman of the English Institute of Sport.

Cram said: "It would be very, very difficult to maintain the position at the Institute of Sport that I have at the moment.

"I would have to seriously consider stepping down."

Cram already had nine points on his licence for speeding offences and received three more yesterday ( leading to him being banned under the totting up procedure. …

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