Patrol car stops chief at 90mph

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A police chief was stopped by his own officers after they clocked him speeding down a motorway at 90mph.

Cambridgeshire Chief Constable Ben Gunn was issued with a fixed penalty notice after being stopped by traffic officers on the M11 on Saturday.

In a statement yesterday Mr Gunn, secretary of the Association of Chief Police Officers' terrorism committee, said: "I naturally very much regret that a lapse of concentration resulted in me exceeding the speed limit. I was correctly reported for the offence. I have informed the police authority."

A police spokesman said that Mr Gunn was stopped at 8.50am while driving his Rover 620 south on the Cambridgeshire stretch of the M11, which has a 70mph limit. Mr Gunn was off-duty and pulled over when signalled to do so.

Being issued with a fixed penalty notice obliged Mr Gunn to pay a fine, in the region of pounds 30 to pounds 40. His licence will be endorsed with three points.

The incident is to be discussed at the next month's Cambridge police authority meeting. Mr Gunn, 52, was appointed Chief Constable in January 1994 after a time as deputy.

Councillor Ed Murphy, Labour spokesman on the authority, said the incident had to be kept in proportion. "My opinion is that it shouldn't endanger his position. It's an unfortunate incident, but it does clearly demonstrate the police officers in Cambridgeshire are acting without favour."