England legend Frank Lampard was caught on video driving his £250,000 Mercedes G wagon with a espresso in a single hand and a cell phone within the different – however has escaped prosecution as a result of the CPS say there may be ‘inadequate proof’. 

The previous Chelsea star, 43, was charged with ‘utilizing a handheld cell phone/gadget whereas driving a motorcar on a highway’ and was due in courtroom in the present day.

He had been caught on digicam by vigilante bicycle owner Mike van Erp, 49, who captured the footage in South Kensington final 12 months.

Lampard – who’s married to Christine Bleakley – had denied the offence and employed Nick Freeman, a lawyer often known as ‘Mr Loophole’, to defend him in courtroom.

And on Friday the Crown Prosecution Service immediately stopped its prosecution, regardless of the video clearly exhibiting him holding each gadgets in his automotive.

The case was deemed set to fail as a result of it couldn’t show he was utilizing the cell phone for interactive communications.  

The footage shows Lampard with a  cup of takeaway coffee in his right hand and a mobile phone in his left one

The footage exhibits Lampard with a  cup of takeaway espresso in his proper hand and a cell phone in his left one

Frank Lampard was caught on video driving his £250,000 Mercedes G wagon in Kensington and car was stationary at time

Frank Lampard was caught on video driving his £250,000 Mercedes G wagon in Kensington and automotive was stationary at time

Lampard pleaded not guilty and CPS dropped case due to 'insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction'

Lampard pleaded not responsible and CPS dropped case attributable to ‘inadequate proof to offer a practical prospect of conviction’

Footage, taken on a GoPro mounted on Mr van Erp’s head, exhibits the precious Mercedes stationary in visitors.

Lampard has a cup of espresso in his proper hand and is holding a telephone in his left, with a black and white canine within the passenger seat. 

He seems startled earlier than Mr van Erp alleged: ‘He is on his telephone, clearly holding and speaking on his telephone on the identical time. And holding a espresso as effectively.’

Mr Freeman instructed MailOnline Lampard had been discovered not responsible because of the case being deserted.

He stated: ‘The Crown Prosecution Service have now concluded three days earlier than the case was due earlier than courtroom there was inadequate proof.

‘It got here after we served an announcement from a passenger within the automotive.

Lampard can be seen holding the mobile phone upwards towards his face but has his mouth closed in all of the footage

Lampard might be seen holding the cell phone upwards in the direction of his face however has his mouth closed in the entire footage 

A different shot of him taken by Mr van Erp appears to show the phone on a locked screen, suggesting it was not being used

A unique shot of him taken by Mr van Erp seems to indicate the telephone on a locked display screen, suggesting it was not getting used

There was also another unseen passenger in the car, as well as a dog sitting on the seat next to the football player

There was additionally one other unseen passenger within the automotive, in addition to a canine sitting on the seat subsequent to the soccer participant

Mr Loophole’s victories

Jimmy Carr

In 2009, the comic — who has been represented by Freeman in three separate driving fees — was alleged to have used a cell phone whereas driving his Bentley via Harrow, North-West London. Carr was cleared after Freeman argued Carr was not making a phone name. He was truly utilizing his iPhone to dictate an thought for a joke and dictating right into a telephone shouldn’t be unlawful.

Colin Montgomerie

One other three-time consumer of Freeman’s, the heavyweight golfer escaped a doable 56-day ban in June 2010, having been fined £60 for driving his £115,000 Bentley Continental Flying Spur at 70mph in a 40mph zone of the A3 in South-West London, then failing to pay the penalty on time. Freeman persuade the courtroom to let Monty maintain driving because the golfer was terrified of flying and is thus obliged to drive from his dwelling in Scotland to Surrey simply to see his and ex-wife Eimear’s three youngsters.

Ronnie O’Sullivan

In 2007, Freeman efficiently defended snooker star O’Sullivan, who was accused of failing to offer police with a urine pattern when suspected of drink driving. Freeman argued the trial needs to be stopped as a result of the Justice of the Peace was winking at a journalist, to which the Justice of the Peace replied: ‘Do you assume I am homosexual or one thing?’ The solicitor additionally argued that O’Sullivan couldn’t present a pattern as a result of his well-known depressive dysfunction meant that he was too harassed to pee.

David Beckham

In 1999, Becks was given an eight-month ban, having been caught driving his £150,000 Ferrari at 76mph in a 50mph zone in Wilmslow, Cheshire. Freeman efficiently appealed the decision, arguing that Becks was ‘petrified’ of getting been chased for ten miles from his Alderley Edge dwelling by a paparazzi. 

Sir Alex Ferguson

In 1999, Beckham’s then-manager additionally had trigger to be glad about Freeman’s companies, having been caught avoiding a motorway visitors jam by driving down the onerous shoulder. Freeman efficiently argued that Fergie had an excellent motive for doing so, as he had a abdomen upset, feared he was about to be caught quick and was frantically making an attempt to get to the bathroom at Manchester United’s coaching floor.

Jeremy Clarkson

In October 2006, an Alfa Romeo that had been loaned to the High Gear presenter was snapped doing 82mph in a 50mph zone in Ruislip, West London. Freeman had the case dropped inside a matter of minutes. Freeman argued that Alfa Romeo, to whom the ticket was issued, handed it on to Clarkson as a result of he had been loaned the automotive. However all Alfa knew was that Clarkson had borrowed the automotive — they’d no proof he’d been driving it.

Andrew Flintoff

The England cricketer was alleged to have been driving at 87mph in a brief 50mph zone on the M62. But the case in opposition to him at Liverpool Magistrates Courtroom collapsed in lower than a minute. Freeman stated the authorities have been just too gradual and the prosecution discover was acquired by Flintoff 16 days after the alleged offence, when the regulation says it must be issued in 14 days.

Joe Cole

In 2010, England footballer Joe Cole escaped an automated six-month ban regardless of being caught driving at 105mph on the A3 in Surrey. Freeman had the punishment lower to a £750 effective and a 50-day ban, which was instantly suspended when Freeman stated that he would attraction the decision, arguing that Cole had to have the ability to drive, since his spouse Carly Zucker had been traumatised by a current carjacking, might now not drive herself and was, sure, too well-known to make use of public transport.  


‘They’d have needed to show he was driving, he was utilizing his cell phone, that he was utilizing it for an interactive goal.

‘All that might have wanted to have been past affordable doubt.

‘He pleaded not responsible they usually dropped the case, so he’s been discovered not responsible.

The Met Police have beforehand stated Lampard admitted being behind the wheel of the Mercedes and was provided a hard and fast penalty effective earlier this 12 months, however didn’t pay it.

A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service stated the case had been shelved attributable to an absence of proof.

They stated: ‘After analyzing a file of proof submitted by the Metropolitan Police Service, we concluded, in accordance with our authorized check, there was inadequate proof to offer a practical prospect of conviction.’

Mr van Erp had despatched the footage to police and stated he was ‘fairly disgusted’ with what he had seen.

The Lyrca-clad bicycle owner has beforehand used his helmet-mounted GoPro footage to bust motorists he accuses of breaking highway visitors legal guidelines.

His highest profile snag was Man Ritchie, who was banned from driving for six months final summer season after he was confronted on digicam. 

Over the course of his vigilante profession, van Erp claims to have shopped greater than 350 drivers breaking the regulation final 12 months alone, and says he was accountable for 574 factors and £35,400 dished out in fines.

Mr Freeman earned his ‘Mr Loophole’ nickname after making a profitable profession out of discovering technical faults with driving fees for high-profile purchasers. 

In 2018, he bought David Beckham off a rushing effective after declaring authorized papers had been served too late.

And in 2006, he fought for Jeremy Clarkson and noticed his rushing case dropped after revealing there was no proof the previous High Gear host was driving a loaned Alfa Romeo snapped doing 82mph in a 50mph zone. 

Final summer season, West Londoner van Erp filmed Hollywood director Ritchie texting on the wheel whereas stationary in Hyde Park and posts movies of all his triumphs on his ‘CyclingMikey’ YouTube channel beneath names like ‘Give me the finger, get a Fastened Penalty Discover’, ‘A complete scofflaw’ and ‘fairly a satisfying piece of justice’.

The vigilante caught Man Ritchie in Hyde Park when the Lock Inventory and Two Smoking Barrels director, 53, was typing on his telephone whereas stationary.

He videoed Ritchie – who was married to Madonna – earlier than alerting the police.

Mr van Erp, a carer and full-time roller-skating teacher, has 64,700 subscribers and has described the benefit with which he can land law-breaking drivers with a effective and doable disqualification. 

Explaining his motivation behind his crime-busting ardour, he instructed MailOnline: ‘I positively assume what I’m doing is protecting the roads secure. 

‘The factors system is designed to get individuals to drive higher.

‘I’ve had numerous nameless demise threats via what I do.

‘My dad was killed by a drink-driver after I was 19, I nonetheless keep in mind him, so I really feel very strongly about highway security. 

‘I first bought my helmet digicam in 2006 and realised its potential.’ 

Mr van Erp’s different high-profile scalps embrace retired boxer Chris Eubank, who was claimed he was a police officer when he was challenged about utilizing his cell phone on the wheel of his £370,000 Rolls Royce – earlier than promptly driving off and leaping a purple gentle.

Mr van Erp challenged Eubank for having his telephone in his arms however didn’t recognise the well-known fighter, asking him through the confrontation: ‘Are you well-known?’ 

Eubank was handed three penalty factors and ordered to pay £280 in prices at Bromley Magistrates’ Courtroom after admitting to failing to adjust to the indication given by a visitors signal.