May 18th, 2011

FAO Detective Superintendent Tom Wills (Essex Police)

Ever keen to help out in the Huhne investigation, Guido would just like to point out that there is only one speed camera on the Southbound M11. It’s at Loughton where the three lanes converge into two. You would drive past it on the way back from Stansted airport…


  1. 1
    Rob.C says:

    Hang him


  2. 2
    My Vote Never Counts says:

    There IS only one camera or there WAS only one?

    Remember how long ago this was.


    • 6
      Albert says:

      It’s a fundamental Law of Speed Camera science. Their numbers can only increase and not decrease. Once a fixed speed camera site, always a fixed speed camera site.


      • 52
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        It was on a temporary roadworks wasn’t it?
        (oh yes someone else on here mentioning that too)


    • 8
      Deep Froat says:

      As far as I am aware..only the one on the M11. Massively profitable for the ‘owner’. I’m surprised ‘Buff’ Huhne didn’t see it. Everyone (and his wife) knows it’s there, it’s been in the papers several times FFS. I can only conclude he was tanking it on the M11 and thought that the yellow box was something that only concerned the ‘little people’ not a super important chap like him.


      • 13
        Anonymous says:

        Naturally – he has a long line of people to collect the points for him :)


      • 16
        Anonymous says:

        He could have bought a speed camera detectors on expense.


      • 33
        gregoriad says:

        Have travelled up and down M11 regularly since 1994….there are two speed cameras actually, practically back to back, both in the southbound lane very near London, altho I think the second one was added sometime after 2003. If they can ascertain the time of the incident it could completely blow away any suggestion that the wife could have left centrel London to pick up hubby at Stansted and then driven practically all the way back to London and triggered the speed camera….it would have been past midnight (and hence the next day) in order for the timeline to work.


      • 60
        Logan says:

        So where was the speeding offence?

        I have heard that there was only one GATSO on the M11. Now everyone appears to be assuming that this is where the offence was recorded.

        What if the ticket was issued elsewhere from a mobile speed trap?

        What do we actually know about the speeding ticket in question?
        1) Where was the offence committed?
        2) What time?
        3) What direction was the car travelling?


    • 11
      Anonymous says:

      normally only one, but sounds as though the one that did Huhne was temporary — might be worth checking out the TROs to see where roadworks were at that time?


    • 69
      Geordie Scoot says:

      Have been using the M11 regularly since it was opened – believe it or not it is the direct route from Durham to the City and Docklands. That pesky camera after the reduction in the lanes from 3 to 2 has been there a long time and it is a double-whammy – not only is it at the end of a long and unrelenting motorway trip but it is also just a few hundred yards after the speed limit for the road is reduced unexpectedly from 70 to 50 mph, so lots of red lights, tyre smoke and anchors being thrown out of rear windows. Never been caught myself for the simple reason that I do not tend to break the law.


  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Good to know they’re unable to move speed cameras between 2003 and 2011


  4. 5
    A Pedant says:

    There is only one fixed camera, but there used to be many more in the roadworks which were on the M11 at that time. Ever keen to assist….


  5. 7
    Anonymous says:

    Wasn’t the one that caught Huhne a temporary (30 mph) one. The one at the end is a 50mph (normally) — a real bugger and the only one that has ever caught me


  6. 9
    Selohesra says:

    If MEPs had to put in proper receipts for their expenses we would probably find that Huhne claimed for parking his cat at airport that week


    • 17
      Infuriated of West Mids says:

      “Parking his cat”?

      I’ve heard some euphamisms in my time, but …


    • 23
      HandsomeDavid says:

      BAA used to give free airport parking to MEP’s. This was worth about £1500 pa (about 5 years ago) but many of the MEP’s did not declare this.
      You could check their declarations online and some MEP’s declared it, others did not


      • 55
        Postlethwaite says:

        Ah, 1500 eh. Benefit in kind (! for the little people), therefore 40 pct tax due . . .

        Ker- ching


    • 24
      A Pedant says:

      He apparently had untraceable free parking for his car. However I am not aware of any specific arrangements for his cat.


    • 34
      Titford Hat says:

      The RSPCA would have something to say about that.


    • 61
      Ali Dizaei Rascal says:

      Was it a pussy wagon ?


  7. 15
    Time to Pass the Buck, Chris Huhne says:

    It wasn’t me driving that car, it was that pervert, Handycock.


  8. 18
    Big Ben says:

    In the interests of full disclosure, has Guido ever palmed off his speeding points on anyone else?


  9. 27
    Hamish says:

    Apparently the offence was breaking a temporary 30mph limit caused by roadworks. So probably not picked up by a permanent speed camera.


    • 30
      Hamish says:

      Apols for replicating point already made.
      On the subject of records not being retained, surely even minor offences involving people in the public eye are reported in local newspapers.
      This story would collapse if it could be shown that Huhne was not within 3 points of losing his licence.


      • 72
        Susie says:

        But I think he was, because a few months later he was caught using his mobile phone at the wheel — then he lost it (more than usual).


  10. 28
    Ryan says:

    Guido why not ask your fellow countryman Michael O’Leary for the passenger list that night.


  11. 31
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    Interesting that he hasn’t gone yet, if that was a Tory minister would DC have kept him hanging on like a fish out of water?

    To me it shows yet another sign of appeasing Cleggertron and Dave as weak in my opinion, after the weekend I thought he’d go instead of this drip drip of news.


    • 73
      Susie says:

      Dave needs him to present his climate change bullshit and take the flak for it… then Hhuhne will be let go, but the climate change shit stays.


  12. 37
    Anonymous says:



  13. 38
    Straus-Kahn says:

    Statement by Domanique Straus-Kahn
    I would like to explain my defence. When attending important IMF meetings it is usual for my friends to organise a little relaxation for myself. I believed that the maid had been sent up to me for my personal use. Ask my friend Mr Berlosconi, he will tell you that these mistakes sometimes happen. So just a little misunderstanding you see.

    You could also ask Gordon, though he usually ordered young boys.



  14. 41
    John Hine says:

    A little forensic help: A) what car and licence plate was caught speeding; B) was it parked at Stansted Airport; C) if answer to (B) is “yes” then would Pryce have taken another car/train/taxi to Stansted to drive this car back to London; and, D) if “no” then presumably the “car” travelled from London, to Stansted, driven by someone and that still leaves the question of who drove it back? I suggest you pose the question (B) and then once you have the answer proceed with Qs (C) & (D). Unfortunately this charade buggers up my betting odds on Cable being the first minister to resign


  15. 42
    Edward Miliband's Office says:

    Edward will be on fire at todays PMQ’s and will perform the coup de grace on Chris Huhne the hoon


  16. 43
    • 50
      Tat, The Video Retard Returns says:

      Your routine is getting very tired tat, even by your sub retard standards.
      Ever thought of starting your own blog where you can just bore yourself shitless, instead of inflicting your latent idiocy on everyone here?


  17. 48
    John Hine says:

    “Huhne-gate”.A little forensic help: A) what car and licence plate was caught speeding; B) was it parked at Stansted Airport; C) if answer to (B) is “yes” then would Pryce have taken another car/train/taxi to Stansted to drive this car back to London; and, D) if “no” then presumably the “car” travelled from London, to Stansted, driven by someone and that still leaves the question of who drove it back? I suggest you pose the question (B) and then once you have the answer proceed with Qs (C) & (D). Unfortunately this charade buggers up my betting odds on Cable being the first minister to resign


  18. 49
    Mark Oaten says:

    Who is going to be most surprised if Huhne holds out for the bitter end?


  19. 53
    Bazz says:

    There are a number of speed cameras on the A406 that continues at the end of the M11 and still in Essex… they were there in existence when these alleged offences took place. There also was a weak bridge in that area which took years to repair, so local road signs still take one 25 miles out of your way to access the North Bound M25, repaired the Bridge, never altered the road signes….. government earn out of wasted fuel … there can be no other reason as other signs in the area have been replaced but still they too direct traffic miles from the original and shortest route.
    Is this a national policy to get people to use more fuel… One for Guido to dig perhaps, misleading road signs that earn revenue.


  20. 54
    Bazz says:

    Huhne & Cry ?


  21. 71
    Urban Tory says:

    Yo, Guido!!

    In 2003 there were two speed camera on that stretch of the M11 in 2003, one is just after the speed limit change (still there) and the second is on the bend before the slip roads to the A406.

    6 Points is worse than 4


  22. 74
    Essex Filth says:

    Guido – the only permanent speed camera on the southbound M11 is actually at Woodford Bridge – right on the Essex/Met police boundary.
    Unless it was a temporary roadworks one which caught him ahem I mean her…
    We wouldn’t want Inspector Knacker’s investigation to be confused by inaccurate information, would we?


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