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    Calls for police chief to resign after he displays picture of headless biker
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    Richard Brunstrom: 'Buffoonery of the highest order'
    A police chief used graphic photographs of a decapitated motorcyclist to drive home his anti-speeding message.

    Richard Brunstrom, Chief Constable of North Wales, released the horrific images without consulting the dead man's family.

    One picture showed the man's head, with the eyes still open, on a grass verge. It was still encased in a red and white helmet, with the visor raised.

    Another picture showed the man's torso - in a T-shirt emblazoned with an anti-traffic police slogan - embedded in a car.

    Campaigners condemned Mr Brunstrom's actions as "deplorable" and called for his resignation.

    The gruesome pictures were shown to journalists and local authority representatives at a meeting to promote the force's road safety work.

    Chief Superintendent Geraint Anwyl explained that the man's head was torn off by the sheer force of impact.

    He said: "His oxygenated brain went flying down the road for 50 metres before he expired. It is horrific, I'm sure you'll agree."

    Mr Anwyl also explained that a young family was trapped inside the car, into which the headless torso was embedded, for 90 minutes.

    Another picture showed two males, aged 25 and 16, lying dead by the side of a mangled car.

    Both accidents were caused by the excessive speed of the dead men.

    Mr Brunstrom, who has been dubbed the Mad Mullah of the Traffic Taliban for his love of speed cameras, said the images were shown to drive home the horror caused by dangerous driving.

    "We did it to serve a purpose. The images are there to make an impact today," he said.

    He confirmed that the families of the dead men were not aware the images were being used in the presentation.

    Although their identities were not given, the presentation also included details of a distinctive T-shirt worn by the motorcyclist, which mocked traffic police with the message: "P**s off and catch some real criminals."

    Paul Smith of campaign group Safe Speed said Mr Brunstrom should resign.

    "This goes beyond outrageous. It's tasteless," he said. 'If it is true that he released these pictures without first getting the consent of the family, then it is deplorable.

    "It's buffoonery of the highest order. It is short-term shock-horror. It drives a wedge between the police and the public.!

    Anti-speed camera protester, the self- styled Captain Gatso, said: "This further damages the relationship between the police and the public.

    "It is another example of over-the-top policing that we have seen with the failed speed camera policy.

    "Doesn't the family of the deceased have rights? They should have been asked for permission before these images were shown. It's unbelievable."

    Mr Brunstrom said his long campaign to improve road safety now enjoyed the support of 70 per cent of the public.

    He said North Wales Police led the world in reducing road deaths and his force had saved 53 lives since 2001.

    He promised that the next phase of the campaign would be "softer edged, with more education and less punishment".

    More speeding drivers would be offered the option of a safe driving course, for which they would l be charged at least 60, instead of a fine and penalty points.

    However, he also promised that all new surveillance technology would be assessed, including tiny speed cameras hidden in roadside "cats" eyes'.

    He said: "We're not definitely going to buy cats' eye cameras, but they are available and we are looking into them. We will always be transparent with the public.

    "We may have a sign up for example, saying 'There are hidden cameras along this road'.

    "But we won't have a big arrow saying, 'There's a camera in this cats' eye'."

    A most controversial constable

    Richard Brunstrom has earned the nickname "the Mad Mullah of the Traffic Taliban" for his unstinting zeal on road safety issues.

    In 2003, he called for the number of speed cameras to be trebled.

    The chief constable was accused of having warped priorities when figures revealed that his force had solved only 6 per cent of burglaries in a month.

    In the same period, his officers solved only 41 of 693 vehicle crimes yet issued 4,200 speeding tickets.

    The following year he admitted ordering officers to "hide behind road signs and walls" with handheld devices to catch speeding drivers.

    He has also faced criticism for a series of questionable decisions.

    Last year, Mr Brunstrom personally endorsed a vending machine for drugs addicts in Colwyn Bay.

    His force took out a newspaper advertisement apologising to a man who was dragged from his bed at gunpoint for a crime he did not commit.

    He once used the word "queer" to refer to activities by homosexuals in public lavatories - escaping punishment by apologising for the "inappropriate" word.

    In 2001 the force spent 4,000 investigating "anti-Welsh" comments by The Weakest Link host Anne Robinson.

    Mr Brunstrom also defied Crown Prosecution Service advice by investigating claims that Tony Blair shouted "f****** Welsh" after Labour's poor performance in the 1999 Welsh Assembly election.

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    Why would a police chief do such a thing? Can you imagine going for a ride in your car, and to come across this kind of thing while driving? I am surprised the guy wasn't knocked to the ground for doing this. What about the victim's family? They must be pissed. :twisted:

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    The goal does not justify the means ...

    The means were crual , irresponsible , heartless ...

    Senseless Leo ... he has no respect for his duty , for the family , for the dead.

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    Default U.K. speed camera destroyed, MAD takes the blame

    Sunday, April 29, 2007
    UK: Speed Camera Destroyed Seven Times
    UK vigilantes have destroyed replacement speed cameras installed in a single location a total of seven times. A ticketing device located at the A370 at Flax Bourton near Bristol was torched this week soon after having been replaced from a prior successful attack. In addition to destruction by fire, the device has also been rammed and destroyed by heavy digging machinery. Motorists Against Detection (MAD) took credit for this and the majority of previous attacks. "This camera has and will continue to be targeted until it is removed once and for all," MAD's leader, Captain Gatso, wrote.
    Source: Vandals ruin gatso seven times (The Sun (UK), 4/28/2007)
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    Hopefully this will be the end of Mr Brunstrom, what an unbelievable prick.

    It has often struck me as wierd that whilst there is vandelism, the Gatso cameras remain untouched. Hopefully this is the start of a trend.

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    That chief is a sick ****. I could see a campaign to slow bikers but to show photos of a headless person that is totally wrong.

    In fact when I was a young vol. Fire Fighter they would not even allow me to assist in a wreck where there was decapitation. In respect to my own well being. I kind of wanted to assist and was a bit upset that I couldn't.

    About 2 years later I went on a call where a lady rolled her van over apparently because she ran a red light, a car hit her and the van rolled over. She had no seat belt on and ended up having her head caved in and crushed.

    What a sick sick sight that was. I was almost sick on the scene but had my adrenaline going. After the scene was cleared up, driving home all I could do is bust out in tears and have a tremendous break down of what I just saw. It was one of the worst accidents I had scene.

    So in my opinion this so called chief should be put let go. The photos could seriously ruin someones life mentally and give them PTSD.
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