Speeding fine rises tenfold

REFUSING to accept a £60 fixed penalty for speeding turned out to be an expensive decision for Richard Tooke. He was fined ten times that amount by magistrates. Tooke, 38, of Magazine Lane, Wisbech, had originally decided to let a court hear his case, bec

REFUSING to accept a £60 fixed penalty for speeding turned out to be an expensive decision for Richard Tooke. He was fined ten times that amount by magistrates.

Tooke, 38, of Magazine Lane, Wisbech, had originally decided to let a court hear his case, because he disputed police evidence that claimed he was driving a black BMW car at speeds between 87 and 90 mph along the A141 at Chatteris.

But in court he heard that the speedometer of the police car that checked his speed had been calibrated correctly, so he accepted that evidence.

He was fined £600 with £35 costs and five points were endorsed on his licence.