A Conservative police and crime commissioner who pledged to crack down on speeding has been caught breaking a 30mph limit five times in just 12 weeks.

The PCC for Nottinghamshire Police, Caroline Henry, admitted the offences – which included two committed on consecutive days – at a previous hearing in February at Nottingham Magistrates Court.
Magistrates were told Henry, who is the wife of Broxtowe MP Darren Henry, had written a letter to the court saying she was “very sorry, embarrassed and ashamed”.

Her defence solicitor Noel Philo said the letter was written on “advice I did not give”.

In an administrative heard, held today, the court was told the 52-year-old was caught speeding twice near a primary school.
Henry, who was elected to the post in May last year, was caught speeding in a blue Mercedes and a silver Lexus with a personalised number plate in 30mph zones at four locations in Nottingham in March, May and June last year.

Speed cameras clocked her going as high as 40mph in a 30mph zone, with the other speeds recorded at 35mph and 38mph.
The case has now been adjourned until 19 July, when Henry is expected to argue two of the five offences were due to “emergencies”, with one being when she was “very concerned for one of her children”.

She did not respond to questions over whether she would resign from her position.

On her official PCC website, Henry listed ensuring an “effective and efficient” police response to speeding as one of her priorities.
She campaigned for election using the slogan “Make Notts Safe” and promised to “reduce crime with action, not words”.

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