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Man jailed over speed camera lies
Terence Burke
Burke invented a South African driver to avoid punishment
A man who tried to avoid a speeding conviction by claiming someone else was driving his car, has been sentenced to two months in prison.

Terence Burke, 50, of Middleton, Greater Manchester, claimed a South African man was driving his red BMW when it was caught by speed cameras.

He admitted lying after he was caught speeding on camera four times.

Burke, an HGV driver, was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice at Bolton Crown Court.

He was caught speeding four times between November 2004 and September last year.

He was issued with two tickets within two days of each other and if he had admitted speeding he could have lost his licence, the court was told.

Terence Burke's car
Burke's car was caught on speed cameras four times
Burke was caught twice on the A62 Oldham Road in Miles Platting, Manchester, on 14 November 2004 at 43mph (69km/h).

He was then caught on 2 July last year driving at 39mph (63km/h).

A camera on the A664 Rochdale Road in Manchester caught him travelling at 48mph (77km/h) on 15 September last year and again doing 39mph (63km/h) two days later.

Burke told police that an old friend who lived in South Africa, Donald Jardine, was driving the car.

Detectives wrote to Mr Jardine at an address in Turffontein, Johannesburg, but could not get hold of him.

When Burke received a third ticket, police asked Mr Burke to provide Mr Jardine's insurance details.

He was interviewed in May this year and confessed to inventing Mr Jardine, the court heard.

Ch Insp Hayden Roberts
The details they give are checked against various databases and we look for suspicious nominations
Ch Insp Hayden Roberts

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said thousands of motorists were going to extreme lengths to avoid points.

In 2004, the force set up Operation Cheetah to discourage otherwise law-abiding citizens from "starting a journey of deception with serious consequences".

Ch Insp Hayden Roberts, who runs the operation, said motorists who go to extreme lengths were now being charged with the more serious offence of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Roberts said road safety was at the heart of the operation, which is targeting those who "undermine the system".

He said motorists caught by safety cameras in Greater Manchester were asked to sign a declaration of who was driving.

"The details they give are checked against various databases and we look for suspicious nominations and when we find them we pursue those cases," he added.

See the moment Mr Burke's car was caught on camera

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