BBC Home
Explore the BBC
BBC News
Launch consoleBBC NEWS CHANNEL
Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 January, 2004, 16:42 GMT
Brunstrom speed row - complaint rejected
Richard Brunstrom
Mr Brunstrom has been criticised for his crackdown on speeding
The Chief Constable of North Wales Police will not be investigated over the way he handled the case of a pensioner caught speeding - although his deputy will face inquiries over complaints of bullying against him, it has emerged.

Richard Brunstrom called a news conference last summer after his speeding policy was criticised by pensioner William Shaw.

Mr Shaw said the Chief Constable was nasty and offensive to focus on him - but the force's professional standards committee decided on Wednesday not to hold a formal investigation.

In another, separate complaint three un-named female staff allege that Deputy Chief Constable Bill Brereton used overbearing and bullying behaviour toward them.

William Shaw (picture courtesy of Andrew Price)
William Shaw was given three penalty points

fter considering the complaints, the committee decided to appoint a senior officer from another force to investigate the allegations against Mr Brereton.

The aggrieved 71-year-old retired bank manager from Llangollen wrote a detailed complaint against Mr Brunstrom claiming his conviction was a "complete travesty" which astonished and angered him.

Mr Shaw lost his 50-year clean driving record when a speed camera in Flintshire caught him driving at 39mph in a 30mph zone last year.

In court, he claimed his prosecution was unfair and said North Wales Police had misused its powers.

It was totally wrong, and how dare this man make such abusive comments - it offended me considerably I couldn't believe this man was a chief constable.
Motorist Will Shaw
Mr Shaw pleaded guilty in the hope magistrates would reject the case, but he was fined 60 with 30 costs and three penalty points.

Mr Brunstrom then called an unprecedented news conference to attack Mr Shaw.

Speaking at the time he said the pensioner had been "irresponsible" and was "misleading the public."

"My first reaction was utter astonishment - I couldn't believe I was the person he was talking about," Mr Shaw said.

"Very quickly, that astonishment turned to anger, as I began to take in what this man was saying about me - it was a complete travesty.

Deputy Chief Constable Bill Brereton
Bill Brereton is currently on sick leave

"It was totally wrong, and how dare this man make such abusive comments - it offended me considerably I couldn't believe this man was a chief constable.

"More than anything I want a full unreserved apology from that man."

Although Mr Brunstrom will not be investigated, the committee said it had concerns about the principle of convening a press conference.

It said it had decided to discuss with the Chief Constable a protocol of convening press conferences or public meetings in relation to named individuals.

Warning letters for speeders
09 Jan 04  |  Wales
Call for police chief to resign
29 Dec 03  |  North East Wales
Police attack speeding driver
29 Jul 03  |  Wales
Driver's anger at camera 'misuse'
07 Jul 03  |  North West Wales

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


News Front Page | World | UK | England | Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales | Politics
Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health | Education
Have Your Say | Magazine | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific