SPEED GUNS WORK!

Shock ad­mis­sion by top cop

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MIL­LIONS of speed­ing con­vic­tions could be called into ques­tion af­ter po­lice ad­mit­ted their speed guns give faulty read­ings.

In court ev­i­dence, a cop re­vealed that the Fal­con de­vice they use also records speeds from other cars pass­ing nearby which may be go­ing faster.

Sergeant Wil­liam Gra­ham – who used to teach of­fi­cers how to catch speed­ers – told a court: “You couldn’t be 100 per cent sure which ve­hi­cle you’re pick­ing up.”

His re­mark­able ev­i­dence could lead to driv­ers ap­peal­ing their speed­ing con­vic­tions if caught in the past by a Fal­con gun.

The equip­ment is still widely in use but is be­ing phased out in favour of a more so­phis­ti­cated laser de­vice.

Sgt Gra­ham was giv­ing ev­i­dence at the trial of col­league PC Blair Pet­ti­grew, who is ac­cused of dan­ger­ous driv­ing for al­legedly trav­el­ling at a Fal­con-recorded speed of 63mph in a 30mph zone.

The Strath­clyde of­fi­cer, from Largs, Ayr­shire, de­nies the charge, claim­ing a faster car close be­hind him caused the false read­ing.

The trial at Kil­marnock Sher­iff Court was ad­journed un­til later this month.

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