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Speed camera 'misuse' is probed

Police officer holding a speed gun (generic)
Kent Police said the 120 cases had been dropped as a precaution

More than 100 speeding cases have been dropped and a police officer suspended after a probe was launched into alleged misuse of a mobile speed camera.

Kent Police said the member of staff had been had been suspended on a "procedural matter".

The force said the inquiry would look at how a piece of equipment was used on a single occasion and that 120 cases had been dropped as a precaution.

It said the camera was not altered to record a higher speed.

A spokeswoman said: "We've suspended a member of police staff on a procedural matter pending an internal investigation.

"This is standard practice while an inquiry is conducted. It is a procedural issue that relates to the use of equipment."

Kent Police said it would continue to enforce speed restrictions while the inquiry was carried out.


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