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Businessman jailed after mounting jamming device on BMW to trick speed cameras

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A businessman who tried to block police speed cameras after attaching a jamming device to the front of his BMW has been jailed for three months.

Michael Twizell tried to use his laser jamming device to outsmart a police safety camera van parked on the side of the A658 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire last February.

Officers launched a probe when the camera system flashed up with an error message-suggesting someone had tampered with it.

Picture: Taken without permission (Do not Credit) Businessman, 58, who mounted jamming device on his BMW to block police speed cameras is jailed for three months https://www.facebook.com/mike.twizell
Michael Twizell managed to outsmart a police safety camera van parked on the side of the A658 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire
The laser jammer device (highlighted in red, bottom of image) attached to the BMW belonging to Michael Twizell.See SWNS story SWLElaser.A BMW driver who used a laser jammer device that illegally blocks signals from road safety cameras has been jailed.Michael Twizell was sentenced by a judge to three months in prison and fined ?1,500 for perverting the course of justice.The 58-year-old was driving a BMW 3-series on the A658 near Harrogate when he passed a police safety camera van last February.The camera operator detected an error code on the equipment, which led to an investigation by North Yorkshire Police.
The laser jammer device (highlighted in red, bottom of image) attached to the BMW belonging to Michael Twizell (Picture: SWNS.COM)

The jamming device blocks signals from speed cameras that are used to monitor how fast cars are travelling.

Mr Twizell, who lives in a £400,000 house in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was sentenced to three months in prison at York Crown Court today.

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He was also ordered to pay a £1,500 fine for perverting the course of justice.

Speaking after the hearing, Traffic Constable Andy Forth, from the Traffic Bureau Investigations team at North Yorkshire Police, said: ‘To use a device which is capable of interfering with police speed measurement is clearly as shown today a very serious matter.

The laser jammer device found on the front of Michael Twizell's BMW..See SWNS story SWLElaser.A BMW driver who used a laser jammer device that illegally blocks signals from road safety cameras has been jailed.Michael Twizell was sentenced by a judge to three months in prison and fined ??1,500 for perverting the course of justice.The 58-year-old was driving a BMW 3-series on the A658 near Harrogate when he passed a police safety camera van last February.The camera operator detected an error code on the equipment, which led to an investigation by North Yorkshire Police.
The laser jammer device found on the front of Michael Twizell’s BMW (Picture: SWNS.Com)
The laser jammer device found on the Michael Twizell's BMW.See SWNS story SWLElaser.A BMW driver who used a laser jammer device that illegally blocks signals from road safety cameras has been jailed.Michael Twizell was sentenced by a judge to three months in prison and fined ?1,500 for perverting the course of justice.The 58-year-old was driving a BMW 3-series on the A658 near Harrogate when he passed a police safety camera van last February.The camera operator detected an error code on the equipment, which led to an investigation by North Yorkshire Police.
The laser jammer device (Picture: SWNS.Com)

‘Drivers may face a custodial sentence for using such a device in this way.

‘North Yorkshire Police will continue to investigate similar allegations when people use these devices to interfere with the normal course of justice.

‘I advise anyone who may have a similar device fitted to their vehicle to think about the consequences of using such a device and strongly recommend that they remove it from their vehicle to avoid a future prosecution.’

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