A Tory police officer and crime commissioner who pledged to crack down on speeding has been banned from driving for six months after he was caught breaking the speed limit five times in 12 weeks.
Nottinghamshire PCC Caroline Henry was sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday after previously admitting the offenses.
She was elected in May 2021 after a campaign in which she used the slogan ‘make Notts safe’ and promised to ‘cut crime with actions, not words’.
She is now facing calls to step down, with Labor MP for Nottingham Lilian Greenwood saying ‘it is untenable for her to continue in her role’.
The 52-year-old, who is the wife of Broxtowe MP Darren Henry, was caught speeding in a blue Mercedes and a silver Lexus with a personalized number plate in 30mph zones at four locations in Nottingham in March, May and June last year.
At a hearing earlier this year, magistrates heard Henry had written a letter to the court saying she was “very sorry, embarrassed and ashamed”. Two of the offenses were committed on consecutive days, the court heard.
Henry was caught twice going over the speed limit near a primary school in Daybrook, Nottingham, as well as roads in Chilwell, Beeston and on the city’s A610.
Speed cameras recorded his speed at 40mph in a 30mph zone, with other excessive speeds recorded at 35mph and 38mph.
Fining her £2,450 and disqualifying her for six months, District Judge Leo Pyle said of the breaches: “What they show is that you are driving at constant speeds at above the speed limits.”
On his official CCP website, Henry listed an “effective and efficient” police response to speed as one of his priorities.
The judge denied Henry’s request to retain his driver’s license due to “exceptional hardship”.
Her defense lawyer, Rhys Rosser, has urged the court not to bar her so she can visit her child in Salisbury Hospital, saying it ‘cannot be done by public transport “. But District Judge Pyle said while it was an “inconvenience”, Henry’s husband could “facilitate” it.
Speaking in court, Henry declined to say whether she would quit. “I’m so sorry for the speeding,” she said. “Quite correctly, today at Nottingham Magistrates Court I was fined and banned from driving for six months.
“I remain committed to serving the people of Nottinghamshire as a police officer and crime commissioner.”