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Police chief faces speeding case
Meredydd Hughes
Meredydd Hughes was appointed chief constable in 2004
A senior police officer in charge of road policy for Britain's chief constables is facing prosecution for exceeding a 60mph speed limit.

Meredydd Hughes, chief constable of the South Yorkshire force, was allegedly clocked by cameras driving along the A5 near Chirk in north Wales.

He has been summoned to appear before Wrexham magistrates on 21 November.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police confirmed that Mr Hughes had been sent a notice of intended prosecution.

A force statement read: "Chief Constable Med Hughes has received a notice of intended prosecution in respect of an alleged driving offence in north Wales in the early morning of a Bank Holiday Monday in May while he was on holiday."

Driving ban

The statement added that no summons for the offence has been received yet.

If convicted, the court has the power to fine Mr Hughes, who is originally from Cardiff, up to 1,000 and even issue a possible driving ban.

Mr Hughes courted controversy after taking charge of road policing at ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers).

In June he argued that "less conspicuous" speed cameras should be considered by police as a way of slowing down drivers.

He was appointed South Yorkshire's chief constable three years ago.

The chief constable could face a fine of up to a 1,000.

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