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The driver "waited six months to request a record tour of the UK so as not to rush law enforcement"


A driver who made the 837-mile journey from one end of the UK to the other waited six months to claim he broke the record to avoid speedy prosecution, a court heard.

Thomas Davies, 29, drove from Land & # 39; s End in Cornwall to John O & # 39; Groats in Scotland in September 2017. He claimed this was the fastest land time ever of nine and a half hours.

It is said to have flown through 50 cameras and over 15 police chiefs and only hit a red light – all without getting a single ticket, despite an average speed of almost 90 mph.

But Davies, from Corwen in North Wales, is now on trial for two dangerous journeys in a specially adapted Audi S5 with a 4.2 liter VA engine and an additional fuel tank in the trunk.

He is also accused of tampering with the Path of Justice for using false license plates, displaying false license plates to avoid speed traps, and equipping his Audi with speed trap detectors discovered during a police operation.

Davies reportedly set his record six months later so as not to be prosecuted for speeding. In the UK, legal proceedings for over speeding must be initiated within six months of the incident.

Prosecutor Ryan Murray told Truro Crown Court: "This is a case about two tips from the UK – John O & # 39; Groats in north Scotland and Land & # 39; s End here in Cornwall and the defendant's ambition of one of these Points to travel to another. " in a motor vehicle faster than ever before. It's also about illegal methods by which he achieved his ambition. & # 39;

29 year old Thomas Davies drove from Land & # 39; s End in Cornwall to John O & # 39; Groats in Scotland in September 2017. He claimed this was the fastest land time ever of nine and a half hours

A map shows the route Davies took from John O & # 39; Groats to Land & # 39; s End in September 2017

A map shows the route Davies took from John O & # 39; Groats to Land & # 39; s End in September 2017

He said that “there is very little value in holding a record if you can't tell the world about it,” adding, “Why did he wait until April 2018? It seems that this was a conscious choice. & # 39;

“Speeding in this country must be prosecuted within six months of their entry. It is clear that the defendant knew this and thought that if he waited more than six months he could not be prosecuted. "

Mr Murray said it would normally take about 15 hours to get from Land & # 39; s End to John O & # 39; Groats, but Davies made it in nine hours and 36 minutes.

He claimed Davies' average speed was 89 mph, which he called "an extremely dangerous way to drive".

The prosecutor told the court, “To travel 841 miles during this time, the drive must be fast, very fast indeed. You may think this is obvious. After all, speed records are not easily broken by vehicles that drive slowly.

“How fast the vehicle went is a question of simple physics. Speed ​​corresponds to the distance over time. You take the distance traveled, divide it by the time it takes, and get the speed. If you do the math in this case, you will get this – an average speed of 87.6 km / h.

“If you take a refueling stop into account, you will reach an average speed of more than 100 km / h. Prosecutors say this is an extremely dangerous way to drive for some reason. & # 39;

Police searched Davies' house in August 2018 and found a silver Audi A5 S5 car that he said broke the record and an additional 80-liter fuel tank in the trunk that rattled freely in the trunk and wasn't sealed.

Davies, from Corwen in North Wales, is currently on trial for two dangerous trips in a specially adapted Audi S5 with a 4.2 liter VA engine. He is also accused of tampering with the process of justice for displaying false license plates

Davies, from Corwen in North Wales, is currently on trial for two dangerous trips in a specially adapted Audi S5 with a 4.2 liter VA engine. He is also accused of tampering with the process of justice for displaying false license plates

The officers also found four transponders known as jammers – two under the front license plate and two under the rear license plate – that are used to detect a speed laser. Mr. Murray claimed Davies used these devices to "avoid detection".

He also claimed that Davies used fake license plates to get away with the speed.

The fake signs are said to be linked to someone who also owns an Audi A5 but that the vehicle has never left Ireland and that he has no knowledge of the defendant. Mr Murray claimed the plates had been cloned.

He told the court: “The benefit of using counterfeit signs is obvious to someone who wants to commit crimes on the street – this avoids detection.

Usually the license plate is associated with a car and then with the registered owner. When it is watched by a camera doing something it shouldn't be, the letters are sent to the person who is registered as the owner of the vehicle.

“That cannot happen with counterfeit plates. The police would pursue information that just doesn't exist. & # 39;

Davies denies the charges and his trial continues.