Former Saints chairman and leading businessman Leon Crouch loses licence over drink driving

Leon Crouch

Leon Crouch

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Court Reporter

FORMER Saints chairman Leon Crouch has been banned from the roads for 17 months and fined £800 for drink driving.

Crouch, 64, who played a pivotal role in helping save the club during its financial meltdown five years ago, was arrested by police after his Range Rover was found damaged in the New Forest.

Magistrates heard the Lymington businessman failed a breathalyser test after police had come across his vehicle with a damaged front by Arnewood Bridge Road, Sway.

They traced him to his home where he told them he had swerved to avoid another car and got stuck in the mud. Someone he knew then gave him a lift home.

There he provided a breath test which revealed a reading of 60 microgrammes – almost double the legal limit.

Crouch, of Normandy Lane, Lymington, pleaded guilty before Southampton Magistrates’ Court. In addition to the fine, he was also ordered to pay £165 court costs and an £80 victim surcharge fee.

Crouch, who founded Lymington Precision Engineers, is a lifelong Saints fan and is understood to have donated more than £4million before and during the club’s period in administration in 2009.

He was twice chairman of the club.

He also paid for a replacement statue of Saints legend Ted Bates after the original was the subject of fierce criticism from fans.

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8:24am Fri 23 May 14

Reality-man says...

Idiot, saved our club but still an idiot
Idiot, saved our club but still an idiot Reality-man
  • Score: 9

11:51am Fri 23 May 14

St.Ray says...

Why a "Victim surcharge" ? It seems to me that he, Crouch, was the only victim. Is this just another Stealth Tax?
Why a "Victim surcharge" ? It seems to me that he, Crouch, was the only victim. Is this just another Stealth Tax? St.Ray
  • Score: -3

1:23pm Fri 23 May 14

Dave Juson says...

Excuse me, but by all published accounts (even the Southern Daily Echo’s) Leon Crouch was one of those principally responsible for the Saints’ financial meltdown. I do not doubt he helped the club financially during the period of administration in 2010, but to what extent and to what end has never, to the best of my knowledge, been established.
Excuse me, but by all published accounts (even the Southern Daily Echo’s) Leon Crouch was one of those principally responsible for the Saints’ financial meltdown. I do not doubt he helped the club financially during the period of administration in 2010, but to what extent and to what end has never, to the best of my knowledge, been established. Dave Juson
  • Score: 1

2:05pm Fri 23 May 14

Torchie1 says...

A motoring story that I've always enjoyed came from 1996 when Leon A. Crouch ordered his new XJ Jaguar to be delivered on August 1st and proudly parked in the Managing Directors space so that the employees of LPE could admire his purchase. During the course of the morning someone pointed out that his vanity number plate wasn't quite as precious as he thought it was and the plate P1 LAC was never seen again. The numberplate however described him to a tee.
A motoring story that I've always enjoyed came from 1996 when Leon A. Crouch ordered his new XJ Jaguar to be delivered on August 1st and proudly parked in the Managing Directors space so that the employees of LPE could admire his purchase. During the course of the morning someone pointed out that his vanity number plate wasn't quite as precious as he thought it was and the plate P1 LAC was never seen again. The numberplate however described him to a tee. Torchie1
  • Score: 7

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