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Monday, 22 July, 2002, 09:52 GMT 10:52 UK
Duke 'escapes speeding fine'
Duke of York
The duke reportedly told police he was "in a hurry"
The Duke of York has reportedly been let off by a policeman for speeding.

The duke was stopped near Heathrow airport on Saturday for doing 60mph in a 40mph zone, according to the Daily Mail newspaper.

He was driving from his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to catch a flight to get to the Open golf championship at Muirfield in Scotland.

The speeding offence should carry a minimum fine of 60 and three penalty points.

'In a hurry'

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "I can confirm a vehicle was stopped on the southern perimeter road at Heathrow on Saturday for allegedly exceeding the speed limit.

"The occupants were spoken to by the officer. No further action was taken.

"An officer who stops a car for speeding does have the discretion to just speak to the driver and take no further action.

"We are not prepared to discuss the incident any further."

Bodyguard

According to reports, the duke told the traffic officer who pulled him over he was "in a hurry".

He refused to get out of his Range Rover and his bodyguard spoke to the traffic officer involved, said the newspaper.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace told the paper that it had not been informed that the duke would be let off the fine.

Last year the Princess Royal was fined 400 by Cheltenham Magistrates after clocking 93mph on her way to the European Young Rider Championship at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, in August 2000.


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