Cyclist fined £400 for speeding in Richmond Park hits out at ‘hiding’ policemen

Paul Harness was fined £400 and was ordered to pay £220 in costs after being clocked riding at 38mph in Richmond Park

A cyclist has hit out out police for ‘hiding behind trees’ after he was caught riding at 38mph in Richmond Park and fined £400 in court.

Paul Harness, 40, was clocked by a speed camera on the descent of Sawyer’s Hill in the park in South London in January and appeared before Lavender Hill Magistrate’s Court last week.

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Despite denying charges of speeding and riding without due care and attention, Harness was found guilty by the court and was fined £400, and was ordered to pay £220 in costs.

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The day after his hearing, he posted a message on Facebook hitting out at the officer who caught him speeding.

He wrote: “Got spotted by the cops overtaking on the outside at about 27 mph and going back to the inside to go around a car turning right,this time I did not get caught by his speed gun did not get done for speeding @38mph and cycling without due care and attention did not have to plead not guilty in front of the magistrate did not have to listen to a cop who calibrates his speed gun every day and hides behind a tree in Richmond park hammering me in front of the court,what a sad case he is!

“The amount of money it must cost to pay a magistrate and have a court case I’m sure the £620 fine I received does not even come close to covering it!”

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In March, Rory Palmer was fined £65 by Wimbledon Magistrate’s after being caught overtaking cars at 41mph in the park.