First the deputy now the police commissioner caught speeding

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A POLICE commissioner has admitted speeding days after his deputy was caught on a motorway doing 90mph.

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove was caught by speed cameras on Peaks Parkway in Grimsby doing 36mph in the 30mph zone.

Mr Grove will attend a speed awareness course and said he saw it as a chance “to reflect on his standard of driving.”

The commissioner was caught on October 4 a fortnight after his deputy Paul Robinson was stopped on the M180 in north Lincolnshire by a traffic officer doing 90mph.

Mr Robinson was fined £100 and given three penalty points.

Mr Grove declined an interview yesterday but issued a statement in which he said: “On Friday October 4 I attended a Question Time event in Grimsby and left around 9.30pm.

“I subsequently received a letter informing me that my speed had been recorded at 36mph on Peaks Parkway.

“I admitted being the driver and this week received a further letter with a conditional offer notice to attend a speed awareness course with a fee of £95, which I have accepted. I have driven over 20,000 miles this year and have a clean driving licence.

“I am therefore disappointed my driving was not to the required standard on this occasion.

“I will continue to drive myself to meetings and welcome this opportunity to use the course to reflect on my standard of driving.”

Last month Mr Robinson, a former Conservative councillor colleague of Mr Grove on East Riding Council, issued a contrite statement after being caught committing a driving offence for the second time in a year.

As well as the speeding offence in September, last November 29 he was seen talking on his phone as he approached a toll booth on the Humber Bridge.

The offence was not witnessed by police, but it was reported and he was later given “words of advice”.

Andrew Allison, of the Taxpayers Alliance, said: “This is ridiculous – you have a deputy police and crime commissioner who has fallen foul of the law on two separate occasions and now the police and crime commissioner who has done the same thing – they are supposed to be setting an example.

“At the same time as Mr Grove was assuring residents that he had spoken to his deputy and his deputy had assured him that he was going to drive with the upmost care he had already committed a driving offence himself, albeit not as serious as his deputy.”

alex.wood@jpress.co.uk