Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne caught using his phone at the wheel

The Northern Echo: Duncan Bannatyne  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 24, 2014. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire. (5658148) Duncan Bannatyne PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 24, 2014. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire. (5658148)

DRAGON’S Den star Duncan Bannatyne has apologised after being caught using his phone while driving.

Mr Bannatyne tweeted that he had been stopped by police this morning (Sunday, May 18) after dropping his son off at a cricket session.

A tweet from @DuncanBannatyne said: “Busy day so far. Dropped son at cricket. Got stopped for using mobile in car. Missed train. So! Tell me how your day has been so far!!”

The confession saw the entrepreneur come under fire from other social media users, with one person responding by saying: “It’s the law for a reason! People and kids get killed, thought a family man would know better.”

Hours later, Mr Bannatyne, whose business HQ is based in Darlington, tweeted again to say the incident had been ‘very stupid’ and pledged never to do it again.

He then issued a statement saying: “It was a momentary lapse for which I apologise.

“It is not right to use your phone while driving and I will of course pay the fine.”

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8:43pm Sun 18 May 14

cromwell1599 says...

No mention as to whether this idiot is going to be prosecuted like anyone else would be, I expect the officers who stopped him were too star struck and did'nt have the guts to caution him. He probably would have pleaded poverty anyway, he's recently had a very expensive divorce, although he tries to keep this fact quiet. The Echo never give him any special treatment or free publicity do they ?
No mention as to whether this idiot is going to be prosecuted like anyone else would be, I expect the officers who stopped him were too star struck and did'nt have the guts to caution him. He probably would have pleaded poverty anyway, he's recently had a very expensive divorce, although he tries to keep this fact quiet. The Echo never give him any special treatment or free publicity do they ? cromwell1599
  • Score: 1

8:45pm Sun 18 May 14

cromwell1599 says...

Sorry, I missed the bit where he said he would pay his fine, well that's ok then, till he does it again tomorrow.
Sorry, I missed the bit where he said he would pay his fine, well that's ok then, till he does it again tomorrow. cromwell1599
  • Score: 2

9:33pm Sun 18 May 14

babsnste says...

he says he's sorry, sorry he got caught. so he should pay his fine like everyone else.
he says he's sorry, sorry he got caught. so he should pay his fine like everyone else. babsnste
  • Score: 5

10:55pm Sun 18 May 14

Voice-of-reality says...

No one hurt. No more disruptive than having a cigarette or changing a radio station.. and he pays higher rate tax - may he long continue to work hard and help the less fortunate in society.
No one hurt. No more disruptive than having a cigarette or changing a radio station.. and he pays higher rate tax - may he long continue to work hard and help the less fortunate in society. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -12

1:15am Mon 19 May 14

Spy Boy says...

In 30 minutes driving to the town and back I counted over 20 people on their phones before I gave up. Van drivers, kids, business men . . . . They are all at it and you see it every day. The Police need to video these people. It's a drug. They just can't stop it.
In 30 minutes driving to the town and back I counted over 20 people on their phones before I gave up. Van drivers, kids, business men . . . . They are all at it and you see it every day. The Police need to video these people. It's a drug. They just can't stop it. Spy Boy
  • Score: 7

1:15am Mon 19 May 14

Spy Boy says...

In 30 minutes driving to the town and back I counted over 20 people on their phones before I gave up. Van drivers, kids, business men . . . . They are all at it and you see it every day. The Police need to video these people. It's a drug. They just can't stop it.
In 30 minutes driving to the town and back I counted over 20 people on their phones before I gave up. Van drivers, kids, business men . . . . They are all at it and you see it every day. The Police need to video these people. It's a drug. They just can't stop it. Spy Boy
  • Score: 1

8:27am Mon 19 May 14

studio says...

Spy Boy wrote:
In 30 minutes driving to the town and back I counted over 20 people on their phones before I gave up. Van drivers, kids, business men . . . . They are all at it and you see it every day. The Police need to video these people. It's a drug. They just can't stop it.
I think you should perhaps spend more time watching the road and where you are going rather than watching what other people are doing!

" sorry for crashing into that car officer, i was watching other people driving! "
[quote][p][bold]Spy Boy[/bold] wrote: In 30 minutes driving to the town and back I counted over 20 people on their phones before I gave up. Van drivers, kids, business men . . . . They are all at it and you see it every day. The Police need to video these people. It's a drug. They just can't stop it.[/p][/quote]I think you should perhaps spend more time watching the road and where you are going rather than watching what other people are doing! " sorry for crashing into that car officer, i was watching other people driving! " studio
  • Score: -6

9:19am Mon 19 May 14

Hunty1 says...

Sorry but he's just been reported as being worth £175 million whats he doing ... idiot!
Sorry but he's just been reported as being worth £175 million whats he doing ... idiot! Hunty1
  • Score: 3

10:39am Mon 19 May 14

DL5opinion says...

Dear Duncan, you are a fool.
Like so many others on the road, that we all see doing the same thing, why can't you use some method of hands-free if you must use your phone at the wheel.

I'm out.
Dear Duncan, you are a fool. Like so many others on the road, that we all see doing the same thing, why can't you use some method of hands-free if you must use your phone at the wheel. I'm out. DL5opinion
  • Score: 1

12:09pm Mon 19 May 14

juliusceasar says...

Perhaps some one should invent a way of using a phone while driving then go on Dragons Den to see if you could get a investor, you should make a fortune you could call them "hands free phone kits" and fit any car . What someone has already invented this ?? oh sh*t I'M OUT !!!!
Perhaps some one should invent a way of using a phone while driving then go on Dragons Den to see if you could get a investor, you should make a fortune you could call them "hands free phone kits" and fit any car . What someone has already invented this ?? oh sh*t I'M OUT !!!! juliusceasar
  • Score: 4

12:51pm Mon 19 May 14

Lionel1 says...

Poor guy - he's so desperate for attention!
Poor guy - he's so desperate for attention! Lionel1
  • Score: 0

2:21pm Mon 19 May 14

GeordieB says...

Hang on folks. Get off your high horses. I'll bet any of you who have driven have done 31mph in a 30mph zone.

This guy has built his business from scratch and more importantly is keeping his HQ in the region. I'm sure if the whim took him he could pick up and park in any tax haven in the world, yet he doesn't. He supports the Northeast and there's not many with his wealth that do that.

He made a mistake. Admitted it publicly and apologised. He has said he'll pay the fine. Fair play to him I say.
Hang on folks. Get off your high horses. I'll bet any of you who have driven have done 31mph in a 30mph zone. This guy has built his business from scratch and more importantly is keeping his HQ in the region. I'm sure if the whim took him he could pick up and park in any tax haven in the world, yet he doesn't. He supports the Northeast and there's not many with his wealth that do that. He made a mistake. Admitted it publicly and apologised. He has said he'll pay the fine. Fair play to him I say. GeordieB
  • Score: 13

5:37pm Wed 21 May 14

Robert_ says...

I see it every day. An instant ban will make people think twice... or will it?

BTW if Mr Banntyne is reading this, I am available to be your driver. Full clean licence :-)
I see it every day. An instant ban will make people think twice... or will it? BTW if Mr Banntyne is reading this, I am available to be your driver. Full clean licence :-) Robert_
  • Score: 2

5:45pm Wed 21 May 14

Homshaw1 says...

GeordieB wrote:
Hang on folks. Get off your high horses. I'll bet any of you who have driven have done 31mph in a 30mph zone.

This guy has built his business from scratch and more importantly is keeping his HQ in the region. I'm sure if the whim took him he could pick up and park in any tax haven in the world, yet he doesn't. He supports the Northeast and there's not many with his wealth that do that.

He made a mistake. Admitted it publicly and apologised. He has said he'll pay the fine. Fair play to him I say.
Can't argue with that. He shouldn't do it because he could hurt people but it's no better or worse than anyone else doing it.

Maybe community service or a good driving course would be a better punishment than a fine.
[quote][p][bold]GeordieB[/bold] wrote: Hang on folks. Get off your high horses. I'll bet any of you who have driven have done 31mph in a 30mph zone. This guy has built his business from scratch and more importantly is keeping his HQ in the region. I'm sure if the whim took him he could pick up and park in any tax haven in the world, yet he doesn't. He supports the Northeast and there's not many with his wealth that do that. He made a mistake. Admitted it publicly and apologised. He has said he'll pay the fine. Fair play to him I say.[/p][/quote]Can't argue with that. He shouldn't do it because he could hurt people but it's no better or worse than anyone else doing it. Maybe community service or a good driving course would be a better punishment than a fine. Homshaw1
  • Score: 2

5:45pm Wed 21 May 14

Homshaw1 says...

GeordieB wrote:
Hang on folks. Get off your high horses. I'll bet any of you who have driven have done 31mph in a 30mph zone.

This guy has built his business from scratch and more importantly is keeping his HQ in the region. I'm sure if the whim took him he could pick up and park in any tax haven in the world, yet he doesn't. He supports the Northeast and there's not many with his wealth that do that.

He made a mistake. Admitted it publicly and apologised. He has said he'll pay the fine. Fair play to him I say.
Can't argue with that. He shouldn't do it because he could hurt people but it's no better or worse than anyone else doing it.

Maybe community service or a good driving course would be a better punishment than a fine.
[quote][p][bold]GeordieB[/bold] wrote: Hang on folks. Get off your high horses. I'll bet any of you who have driven have done 31mph in a 30mph zone. This guy has built his business from scratch and more importantly is keeping his HQ in the region. I'm sure if the whim took him he could pick up and park in any tax haven in the world, yet he doesn't. He supports the Northeast and there's not many with his wealth that do that. He made a mistake. Admitted it publicly and apologised. He has said he'll pay the fine. Fair play to him I say.[/p][/quote]Can't argue with that. He shouldn't do it because he could hurt people but it's no better or worse than anyone else doing it. Maybe community service or a good driving course would be a better punishment than a fine. Homshaw1
  • Score: 0

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