'Britain's Got Talent' Piers Morgan has come a cropper at the hands of some real judges after being caught speeding in Brighton.

The controversial 45-year-old was handed an ominous sounding £666 fine by Brighton magistrates as well as six points on his licence after for the misdemeanour; he was also ordered to pay £58 costs.

Morgan is most famous for his judging role on the popular talent contest, and sought to lever this job into the written statement that was given to the court.

"I was judging a charity show called Roedean's Got Talent," said Morgan, who had been at the event held at independent girls' school Roedean with newsreader Katie Derham last November.

"Unfortunately, my driving skills afterwards would not have got me past the first round and I thoroughly deserved a red buzzer from the courts." Judges on the ITV1 show use a big red buzzer to prevent acts they do not like from continuing.

According to Sussex Police, Morgan had been caught on Preston Road driving well in excess of the speed limit, doing 51mph in a 30mph zone on 13 November last year.