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Celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman has warned drivers not to follow the lead of TV chef Gordon Ramsay, who claimed he escapes speeding fines in the US by wrapping his Ferrari’s number plate in clingfilm.

Mr Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, said by doing so, motorists in this country would be committing a serious criminal offence, which could lead to them being jailed.

He added that the same went for those using so-called James Bond ‘stealth plates’. Instead of a revolving number plate, these gadgets block out the registration number with a shutter, and are illegal.

Mr Freeman, whose clients include David Beckham, Jimmy Carr and Jeremy Clarkson, said: “No doubt Gordon has a plentiful supply of clingfilm in his kitchens, and whilst it’s fine for wrapping food, it’s certainly not fine to use it to wrap number plates. It is against the law.

“Drivers are legally bound to clearly display their front and rear number plates at all times. Those who don’t are committing a legal offence, and by deliberately trying to avoid detection in this manner they are perverting the course of justice.

“The punishment for this is almost certainly immediate custody, and sentences typically range from about three months up to two years.”