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116mph teenage speeder released
James Green
Green spent eight days behind bars
A teenage motorist who was ordered to be detained for driving at 116mph in a 40mph zone has been freed on appeal.

James Green, 18, from Hockley Lane in Netherton, West Midlands, was sentenced to three months in a young offenders' institution by magistrates last week.

He had been caught driving his father's high-powered Volkswagen Golf V6 last July.

Green was freed by Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday after serving eight days of his sentence.

'Sharp learning experience'

Recorder Peter Joyce instead gave Green a 12-month rehabilitation order and instructed him to complete 100 hours' community service.

But he warned the teenager that he was not being let off: "We are making you aware of just how serious it is.

"You have just served a week and we consider you a young man of previous good character.

"It has been a very sharp learning experience but we are also going to make you remember for far longer."

Green was one of 58 motorists caught speeding in Thorns Road, Quarry Bank, near Dudley, during a week-long speed trap operation.

Six drivers were recorded travelling at over 80mph and one was doing 96mph.

'Wrong message'

Police officers described Green's speed as "phenomenal".

The 18-year-old was convicted of dangerous driving by magistrates in Halesowen on 26 February.

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa), said he did not think Green should have been freed:

"We feel this is the wrong message to send out.

"This was a particularly appalling piece of driving and could easily have led to the deaths of innocent people.

"In our view, the courts need to demonstrate that life-threatening and irresponsible behaviour on our roads will be dealt with as seriously as possible."

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