Hero or Villain, you decide – man jailed for 3 months

Michael Twizell, 58, who mounted a jamming device on his BMW 3 series to attempt to trick police speed cameras has been jailed for three months and fined £1,500.

Michael Twizell tried to outsmart a police safety camera van parked on the side of the A658 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire with his laser jamming device last February.

Police launched an investigation when the camera system flashed up with an error message – suggesting someone had tampered with it. As it turns out it was because Twizell had a jamming device fixed above his licence plate that works by blocking the signal used by the speed camera.

The 58-year-old, who lives in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was sentenced to three months in prison at York Crown Court today and ordered to pay a fine of £1,500 after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Investigators discovered the device fixed to the front of his BMW 3 Series and arrested him.

During sentencing, the judge told Twizell: ‘The police have a duty to protect us from speeding vehicles’, adding that the device Twizell used interfered with that process.

He said perverting the course of justice was a ‘serious’ offence and the courts ‘must stop people offending in this way’, adding that he had no choice but to impose an immediate custodial sentence.

Speaking after the hearing, Traffic Constable Andy Forth, from the Traffic Bureau Investigations team at North Yorkshire Police, said: ‘To use this device which was capable of interfering with police speed measurement is clearly, as shown today, a very serious matter.

‘Drivers may face a custodial sentence for using such a device in this way.

‘North Yorkshire Police will continue to investigate similar allegations when people use these devices to interfere with the normal course of justice.

‘I advise anyone who may have a similar device fitted to their vehicle to think about the consequences of using such a device and strongly recommend that they remove it from their vehicle to avoid a future prosecution.’

Michael Twizell retired last year from his job as marketing director with West Yorks-based Elite Systems, which manufactures modular eco-friendly commercial buildings and homes.

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