TROUBLED Katie Price was banned from driving for two years today when she failed to turn up in court.

The TV presenter and former glamour model, 41, was charged with withholding the name of the driver after her pink Range Rover was involved in a collision in Bexley, south east London, last November.

Price, who pleaded guilty to the charge at a hearing in August, refused to attend today's sentencing hearing at Bexley Magistrates Court, claiming she was due to return to London Gatwick Airport at 9am this morning.

Her solicitors sought to adjourn the hearing to another date, which had already been moved from August.

In a statement read to the court by the clerk, Price's solicitors said: "She has been out of the country.

"She is returning on the morning of the hearing.

The Argus:

"We ask for the hearing to be adjourned to another date. No-one will be inconvenienced as witnesses will not need to be called as a result of the guilty plea."

But Geraldine Dickinson, prosecuting, urged the court to carry on with the matter in Price's absence.

She said: "Her solicitors knew about this date and knew about her whereabouts and that she's be returning to Gatwick this morning.

"Even if she came back at 9am, she could have made an appearance at this court today."

District Judge Robert Hunter said: "This hearing has already been adjourned once.

"This date was agreed by both sides. I am not inclined to further adjourn this matter."

The prosecutor pointed to Price's previous disqualifications, such as a three month ban in July 2018 and a further three month back in October 2018. Six points were added to Price's licence in January 2019.

The District Judge said: "I am imposing another six points, which amounts to a disqualification of two years to the license.

"I am also imposing a fine of £440, a surcharge of £44 and prosecution costs of £100 to be paid in 28 days."

Price claimed at the hearing in August that she had been working to get her life back on track, and blamed the incident on her mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The mum-of-five who lives in Horsham repeatedly denied she had been driving and claimed the driver was her on-off boyfriend Kris Boyson's pal - and anyone was insured to drive her pink car if they were aged over 30.

Price currently stars in the reality show My Crazy Life, but is facing bankruptcy.

The former Loose Women panellist is in the midst of renovating her nine-bedroom Sussex home.

She recently refuted claims that she will be forced to give up her home as she is due back in court over bankruptcy repayments next week.

Price is due to appear before a specialist insolvency and companies court in London on Monday.

The TV personality avoided bankruptcy last December after reaching an agreement over a £22,000 tax bill.

But it has been claimed that she could lost her home over the bankruptcy hearing.

Last month, she said she had ordered a new car.