Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner who broke speed limit five times criticised in the House of Commons

Police and Crime Commissioner, Caroline Henry, leaving Nottingham Magistrates Court
By Matt Jarram, Local Democracy Reporter

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry has faced criticism in Parliament for breaking the speed limit five times.

Labour’s Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood called on leader of the House of Commons, MP Mark Spencer, to give his views on Mrs Henry’s case.

Conservative Mrs Henry was elected as crime commissioner in May 2021 and is responsible for holding Nottinghamshire Police to account and overseeing the force’s spending.

She appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, May 3, after committing five speeding offences from March to June 2021.

The offences took place while she was campaigning to be the new crime commissioner as well as after she had been elected to the post.

Mrs Henry, 51, of Giltbrook, pleaded guilty to all five offences.

On Thursday, May 12, MP Lilian Greenwood brought up the matter in the House of Commons.

She said: “Every 22 minutes someone is killed or seriously injured on the UK roads and police describe speeding as one of the Fatal Five.

“Last week, we learned, that Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner who was elected and promised to tackle speeding on our roads has admitted to breaking the law five times in 12 weeks including two near a Nottingham primary school.

“What does this say about her commitment to road safety?”

Conservative Mr Spencer, also the MP for Sherwood, responded to her question by saying: “As you will be aware I think that is a case that is ongoing so I won’t comment specifically on that individual court case.

“But what I would say is speeding is something that should be condemned.

“Local authorities, police and the government will put measures in place to reduce the speed particularly around schools.

“I know of someone who has done a lot of campaigning around speeding particularly around villages in my constituency, I will continue to pursue those who break the law by speeding.”

During Mrs Henry’s court hearing it was decided sentencing should be dealt with by a district judge,

The court heard in a written statement Mrs Henry was “embarrassed and ashamed” about the incidents.

Mrs Henry has said she will not comment further until the case is heard and sentenced in July.

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