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Speed case chief quits roads post
Meredydd Hughes
Meredydd Hughes took up his current ACPO role in 2005
A senior police officer who was allegedly caught speeding near Wrexham is to step down as the head of road policy for chief constables.

Meredydd Hughes, chief constable of the South Yorkshire force, was allegedly clocked by cameras as he drove on the A5 at Chirk, which has a 60mph limit.

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

The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said his decision had nothing to do with the summons.

An Acpo spokeswoman said Mr Hughes had been in charge of traffic matters since 2005, and senior officers usually served no more than three years in the post.

She added Mr Hughes was already "in the process of handing over his responsibilities to another chief constable so that he can take on a new role as the association's lead officer for the 2012 Olympic Games in London".

On Tuesday, 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.

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.

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