A company boss who repeatedly stuck his middle finger up to speed cameras while using a ‘jammer’ to avoid getting caught has been jailed.
Timothy Hill, 67, had fitted an illegal device to his flashy white Range Rover with a private licence plate so could block police from getting his details.
And Teeside Crown Court heard how he repeatedly goaded cops by making the rude gesture to cameras along the A19 in December last year.
Determined officers launched an investigation and eventually tracked down Hill to his home in Grassington, North Yorks.
When he found out he was being investigated, Hill threw the jammer into a river and told officers it couldn’t have been him because he was 60 miles away.
However, after being interviewed he admitted he had a jammer and was the driver flashing the finger at the mobile speed vans.
The judge, who jailed Hill for eight months, said such actions "strike at the heart" of the justice system and his sentence must act as a deterrent to others.
Traffic cops were unable to ascertain his speed but charged him with perverting the course of justice.
Hill pleaded guilty to the charge.
North Yorkshire Traffic Constable Andrew Forth said: "If you want to attract our attention, repeatedly gesturing at police camera vans with your middle finger while you’re driving a distinctive car fitted with a laser jammer is an excellent way to do it.
"It’s also an excellent way to end up in prison.
"As Hill’s case shows, perverting the course of justice is a very serious charge which carries a custodial sentence.
"It’s our job to keep road users safe across all 6,000 miles of North Yorkshire’s roads.
"Mobile safety camera vans are an important tool to do that – they are proven to reduce collisions and they help save lives.
"Drivers who fit laser jammers may mistakenly feel smug about ‘getting one over’ on the police. But we can tell if motorists are using these devices, and we will always endeavour to bring them to justice."
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