Ex-Transport Officer Led Police On Wild Goose Chase Over Speeding
A previous officer of British Transport led police on a wild goose chase to fend off three points on his driving licence over speeding, according to a court hearing.
Billy Jones, formerly a British Transport Police (BTP) officer, was reported to be driving at 88 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone on the A30, which is near Launceston, Cornwall. Mr Jones, a 65-year-old from Pontypridd, committed the act of offence on July 18, 2018.
Mr Jones insisted that another man had been driving, therefore costing police “thousands of pounds”. He confessed doing an act that tended or intended to pervert the course of justice at the Truro Crown Court. As a result, he was obliged to perform 180 hours of work without pay.
The court heard that Mr Jones presented police with addresses for a different man in Wales, but when police went to the mentioned addresses, someone else resided there. Jones revealed the perversion of the course of justice between the date that he made the offence and February 4, 2019.
Judge Bob Linford mentioned that such an act of offence was beyond belief. The Judge added that Mr Jones embarked on a campaign of leading the police on a “merry dance” right around the houses of South Wales.
The court heard Mr Jones worked as a BTP officer for 15 years and left the same national police force 30 years ago to create a security company. Mr Jones was found guilty of a public order incident in 2015, and as a result, he was disqualified from having a security licence.
In 2017, he was given a suspended sentence after being condemned of posing as a licenced security guard without such authority. He was obliged to pay a £100 fine for breaching a prior suspended sentence order and £2,800 in prosecution expenses.