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Judge's new twist in speeding case; Experts are being sent back to check on camera.

Byline: By SAM CASEY News Reporter

A JUDGE wants more information before ruling in a case that could cast doubt on hundreds of speeding tickets issued in Huddersfield.

The Recorder of Bradford, James Hill QC, has ordered experts back to New Mill Road in Brockholes to take fresh measurements relating to a speed camera at the junction of Smithy Place Lane.

The camera is at the centre of a dispute over a speeding ticket issued to Sheffield couple Vikki and Iain Fielden in June, 2006.

Graphic designer Mrs Fielden was driving their car back to Sheffield after they had visited friends in Honley when the camera trapped her doing 36mph in the 30mph zone.

She was fined pounds 60 and given three penalty points.

But Dr Fielden, an expert physicist who works for Sheffield Hallam University and is representing his wife in the case, says the reading was wrong.

He believes the camera recorded a higher speed than the car was travelling because it is on a bend in the road.

His argument is based on the way light travels.

Both sides in the case appointed traffic experts to take measurements. But their findings contradicted each other, the judge heard yesterday.

Now they must return to the spot to take new measurements to determine if the camera is on a bend and if that means the reading was wrong.

The Fieldens had already lost the first stage of their fight when the ticket was upheld by Huddersfield Magistrates' Court last August.

Their appeal, being heard at Bradford Crown Court, has been adjourned to a date to be decided.

If the Fieldens win their case it would call into question tickets issued to hundreds of other drivers.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 12, 2008
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