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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Cumbrian man, 87, caught speeding six times by same camera

An 87-year-old man has been driven off the road after he was caught speeding by the same camera SIX times.

Alan Cronshaw photo
Alan Cronshaw

Alan Cronshaw, of Scotby, near Carlisle, hopes his costly appearance at North Cumbria Magistrates’ Court won’t deter him from not driving longer than necessary – but said he’ll be more careful when near the camera in Warwick Bridge.

He has been banned from driving for nine months after he was snapped by the camera six times in just over a month, including once on Christmas Day and twice in consecutive days in January.

“The first I knew was when the letters arrived in the post,” he said. “I didn’t know at the time.”

He had been just doing errands from his home in Broomfallen Road, visiting friends and was just ‘out and about’, he said.

According to court records, the father-of-three was clocked first on Christmas Day last year doing 39mph, then on January 9 this year at 36mph, on January 10 at 36mph and driving at 37mph on January 13. The final two times his silver Toyota Avensis was snapped speeding were on January 26, at 36mph, and the next day, doing 38mph.

He now faces a hefty legal bill of £360 – six fines and court costs of £60 for each time – after admitting speeding on the A69. He must also pay a £21 victim surcharge.

“I’ve been driving for a long time and probably been caught speeding in the past,” he told the News & Star. I’m going to keep the car – but I’ll be more careful near the camera”.

Magistrates told him he must retake a driving test before he can start driving again after the ban expires.

The camera, on a bend in the village, was installed last year after residents campaigned for year for cameras there and in Corby Hill to tackle the problem of speeding drivers.

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