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Three questions for Brunstrom on BBC Radio 2

Published: 10 February 2009

Updated: 19 November 2014

Controversial top cop Richard Brunstrom is to co-host The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 from 12pm today.

The North Wales Chief Constable has a history of treating motorcyclists with zero tolerance and using his online blog to launch attacks on us.

He once wrote: ‘Anyone who ventures onto the roads of the UK will be aware of the quite dreadful driving exhibited by so many motorcyclists.’

He was cleared of wrongdoing by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after using images of a decapitated motorcyclist to launch a road safety campaign without asking the dead rider's family.

We thought you might want to phone Vine’s call-in talk show to ask Brunstrom some questions, so we’ve come up with three that might make him sweat… 

1. Fatal and serious road accidents have risen steadily in your force area since 2004 and were 41% higher last year than the year before, according to the latest performance figures published on your force’s website. Why are your policies failing to cut these accidents?

2. Guidelines on speed detection issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers to all police forces state: “Except in exception operational circumstances, devices should normally be operated from positions where they will be clearly visible to the public… The operator must be clearly visible to the public and the target vehicle throughout the check.” Why do you ignore these guidelines by having your officers hide in a horsebox to catch speeders?

3. After showing pictures of a decapitated motorcyclist at a press conference without permission of the deceased man’s family, you blamed the media for the additional suffering caused to the family. Isn’t it time you made a full and unreserved public apology for your own actions in this matter?

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