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‘Hypocrite’ top cop speed ban


A CHIEF constable was branded a hypocrite yesterday after being banned for doing 90mph in a 60mph zone.

Meredydd Hughes – who as head of road policing for the Association of Chief Police Officers called for tough action against speeding – was disqualified for 42 days and fined £300.

Paul Smith, of road group Safe Speed, said: “We are very angry that Mr Hughes called for a tougher stance on speeding yet has been burnt himself. He is a hypocrite.

“He has failed to practice what he has preached.”

And Jools Townsend, of road safety charity Brake, said: “Speeding is a reckless and selfish act and the lenient sentence handed out today reflects a justice system which lacks the teeth to punish speeders appropriately.

“It’s shocking someone with his experience of working to prevent deaths and police our roads should drive in a way that endangers lives.”

Hughes, 49, South Yorkshire Chief Constable, was returning from a climbing holiday with his son in May when his Audi was clocked by a camera on the A5 in North Wales, JPs in Wrexham heard.

Yet incredibly Hughes – who has also had two expired £60 fixed penalty notices – filmed a road safety DVD just THREE DAYS before he was caught.

In the £14.99 film, called How To Avoid Speeding Fines and Points Legally, he condemns “petrol heads who want to go as fast as they like”.

He tells viewers: “Speed limits in a democracy are set for a purpose – and we are expected to abide by the law.

“You can’t pick and choose which laws you want to abide by.”

Hughes, who recently stepped down as ACPO’s road policing head, did not attend the hearing but apologised through his solicitor Huw Edwards.

Outside court Mr Edwards read a statement from Hughes which included: “There is never an excuse for bad driving and I should have paid more attention to my speed.”


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