Speed camera advocate to step down

A controversial policeman dubbed "the mad mullah of the traffic Taliban" has said he is ready to step down next Christmas.

Richard Brunstrom, chief constable of North Wales Police, has regularly received criticism for his high-profile views.

Mr Brunstrom, 53, who won the nickname for his strident opinions about the positive effects of speed cameras, said he plans on buying a boat and go sailing.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales, Mr Brunstrom said: "My wife and I intend to retire, sell up, buy a boat and go sailing while we are still fit and young enough to do so. I don't want to be the recipient of that old political saw that every political career ends in failure."

He added: "I have a contract that goes to Christmas next year and I suspect by that time I will simply retire and disappear and you will not find me re-emerging as an aspiring politician or indeed in any other field."

The officer, who was last year heavily criticised for using a photograph of decapitated biker Mark Gibney to a road safety campaign without his family's permission, has regularly appeared in the news and comment pages of national newspapers, including last September he subjected himself to a 50,000 volt Taser to test the effects.

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