Former Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding has been banned from driving for six months after admitting to failing to stop for police when she was spotted talking on her phone while driving in central London. Harding was arrested and taken to Holborn Police Station to be charged with using her phone while driving and failing to stop for police. She appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court to face the charges where District Judge Nina Tempia disqualified her and ordered Harding to pay a fine of £500, plus a £20 ‘victim surcharge’ and £85 court costs. Her lawyer, Nick Freeman, argued that his client had “suffered more than a normal person because of the media attention her arrest had attracted”. District Judge Tenpia disagreed. She gave Ms Harding credit for pleading guilty straight away to the charge and said her charity work was admirable, but said she was a “normal person” and should be treated as such. After the hearing Harding was repentant saying “Too many people use their mobile phone whilst driving and think it’s acceptable. It is not. Every year people die or are seriously injured because they were distracted making that ‘oh so important call’. Mobile phones are a convenient tool for modern life but they must be used safely. I made a mistake by using my phone whilst driving, but I was lucky. I accept the court’s penalty but it could have been a lot worse. I have learned my lesson”. Harding has subsequently tweeted an image from the London underground – safe and smiling!