110mph police officers banned

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THREE POLICEMEN werebanned from driving yesterday after admitting travelling at 110mph on their motorbikes while their force was in the middle of a high-profile motorcycle safety campaign.

Meurig Jones, 28, Geraint Jones, 38, and Ronald Winterson, 44, all from Anglesey, admitted breaking the 60mph speed limit on the single carriageway A470 at Bronaber in North Wales in June.

The three officers were caught in a speed trap on the road between Trawsfynydd and Dolgellau at lunchtime on June 23. Dolgellau magistrates yesterday banned all three men for 28 days and ordered them to pay a pounds 350 fine each and pounds 30 costs.

A spokesman for North Wales Police said the matter would be referred to its Professional Standards Department for consideration. He said Operation Safe Rider 99 was launched in March and aimed to reduce the number of deaths on North Wales roads. The campaign targeted areas which had suffered many fatalities, including the area of Meirionnydd where the officers were caught. "We are disappointed with the actions of these three officers ... Our campaign to reduce road casualties will continue." He said the officers were not attached to the traffic department.