City hero awaits decision on future

The future of former Norwich City player Peter Mendham as a fundraiser for the air ambulance hangs in the balance as he awaits the results of a disciplinary inquiry.

The future of former Norwich City player Peter Mendham as a fundraiser for the air ambulance hangs in the balance as he awaits the results of a disciplinary inquiry.

Last week the 46-year-old was banned from getting behind the wheel for 12 months after pleading guilty at Norwich Magistrates' Court to drink driving.

He has been suspended from duties as Norwich and Norfolk fundraising officer for the East Anglian air ambulance and faces the possibility of dismissal.

Air ambulance trust executive director Simon Gray said Mr Mendham's existing commitments would be honoured by other members of staff.

Speaking after his hearing Mr Mendham, who played for the Canaries for 10 years, described his offence as "a moment of madness".

He had been drinking with friends and family in Norwich and was approached by police after they spotted his air ambulance branded Seat, carrying his name, parked dangerously on Earlham Road.

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At the time he was unable to complete a breathalyser test due to a chest infection but he later admitted he was over the limit.

He pleaded for leniency from his employer saying he cared passionately about his job and hoped to fulfil his role with the help of volunteer drivers.