'Traffic mullah' set to retire

A police chief constable well known for his high-profile and controversial use of speed cameras is to step down in July.

North Wales chief constable Richard Brunstrom has been dubbed the Mad Mullah of the Traffic Taliban because of his enthusiasm for speed cameras.

The 54-year-old was criticised in 2007 for his decision to use the decapitated body of a biker as part of a road safety campaign without gaining permission from the man's family.

He later subjected himself to a 50,000-volt Taser to test the effects for an item on his website blog.

And last year the officer backed a controversial report which called for the decriminalisation of heroin.

A spokeswoman for North Wales Police said: "Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom has announced his intention to retire from North Wales Police in July, concluding over nine years with the force and 30 years policing service."

The father-of-two originally announced his intention to quit last year when he told a BBC Wales interviewer that he and his wife planned to 'buy a boat and go sailing' when his contract expired.

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