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Wrongly jailed Pc denies speeding

19 March 08 13:00 GMT

A Teesside police officer, wrongly jailed when colleagues suppressed evidence is facing a charge of speeding on the day his conviction was quashed.

Pc Sultan Alam was allegedly clocked breaking the speed limit on the A66 in Middlesbrough on 19 November.

The 45-year-old of Church Lane, Acklam, pleaded not guilty in writing at Teesside Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

He had a 1996 conviction for conspiracy to steal motor vehicle parts quashed on appeal also on 19 November last year.

Pc Alam, who joined Cleveland Police in 1984, was dismissed upon conviction and served nine months of his 18-month jail term.

'deliberately misled'

At his appeal court hearing, Lord Justice Moore-Bick ruled that police officers had "deliberately misled" the court "in order to suppress evidence".

The father-of-two has said he was targeted by fellow officers when he brought a racial discrimination case against the force in 1993.

Pc Alam returned to work with the Cleveland force on 3 March and was welcomed by Chief Constable Sean Price - the same man who has taken his speeding case to court.

In a statement Acting Deputy Chief Constable Derek Bonnard, of Cleveland Police, said: "I can confirm that Sultan Alam was stopped for exceeding the speed limit and served with a summons.

"I understand he pleaded not guilty on the basis that the information put before the court was incorrect.

"It is now a matter for the Crown Prosecution Service as to whether a summons is re-issued."

Pc Alam claims an administration error led to him being charged for breaking a 40mph limit, when the limit on the A66 is 50mph.

A trial has been set for May.

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