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Call for police chief to resign
William Shaw, picture courtesy Andrew Price
Mr Shaw believes his punishment was 'draconian'

A retired bank manager who became embroiled in a speeding row with the head of North Wales Police is now calling for his resignation.

William Shaw, 71, was angered when chief constable Richard Brunstrom called a news conference to attack him after he complained about a speeding conviction in July.

The pensioner has written a detailed complaint against Mr Brunstrom to the North Wales Police Authority's professional standards committee which will consider the matter next month.

Mr Shaw lost a 50-year clean driving record when a speed camera in Flintshire caught driving at 39mph in a 30mph zone earlier this year.

He claimed in court his prosecution was unfair and said North Wales Police had misused their power.

Mr Shaw, from Llangollen, said he was pleading guilty in the hope magistrates would reject the case.

Richard Brunstrom
Richard Brunstrom has adopted a zero tolerance policy on speeding

He is now calling for a public apology from the chief constable and his resignation.

In court he claimed he had completed a safe driving manoeuvre and police were hitting "soft targets" like him.

Magistrates fined Mr Shaw 60, with 30 costs and three penalty points, and said they had "every sympathy" with him.

Speaking at the time Mr Brunstrom said the pensioner had been "irresponsible" and was "misleading the public."


Mr Shaw's complaint against Mr Brunstrom will be discussed when the committee meet in January.

Members will meet in private with neither the chief constable nor Mr Shaw present.

A spokesman for the police authority said members will decide "if the complaint can be dealt with or if it has to be dealt with by an outside investigator."

Mr Brunstrom has been heavily criticised for his zero-tolerance policy against speeding motorists who he has described as "anti-social" and "criminals".

A spokeswoman from North Wales Police said the force would not comment on the matter.

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