Criminal defence lawyer Nick Freeman has called on West Mercia’s Chief Constable to resign from his position as roads policing lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council.
Mr Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, made the demand after Anthony Bangham said “enough is enough” and motorists should be prosecuted for going just 1mph over the speed limit.
Mr Bangham’s comments – made at this week’s Police Federation roads policing conference – led to condemnation from motoring organisations and rank and file officers alike. These were made against a backdrop of an overall increase in crime in West Mercia of 13 per cent. Violent crime in his area had risen by 16 per cent rise and there was a 23 per cent increase in recorded sexual offences.
Mr Freeman described the proposal as hare-brained, legally unenforceable and one that would alienate every sensible minded motorist in the land.
He added: “As the roads policing lead officer, Mr Bangham’s comments are totally out of tune with what the British public regard as a policing priority today.
“It would be far more sensible and desirable to prioritise serious crime as opposed to trying to criminalise the hard-working British public, who are doing their level best trying to get about on our poorly maintained and heavily congested road network.
“Instead of increasing the number of dedicated traffic officers to tackle more serious road policing issues – namely those driving at grossly excessive speeds, those driving dangerously and those driving with drugs and alcohol in their bloodstream – he wants to demonise and criminalise just about every single motorist in the country by robotical policing.
“Mr Bangham is clearly unfit to be the roads policing lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, and I think he should step aside and instead set his sights on addressing his own force’s woeful crime statistics.”
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