Commendation for PC in speeding
point scammer case
A Northumbria police officer has been commended for her work in bringing a man to justice who helped dishonest drivers to escape motoring convictions.
PC Fiona Wood, of Northumbria Police, led a three-year investigation into Syed Shahed Ahmed, who promised speeding drivers that he could make their points and fines disappear.
Thanks to her hard work and determination, Ahmed, from Sunderland, was jailed for three years and six months at Newcastle Crown Court on November 25.
At the hearing, Ahmed admitted 16 counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and money laundering.
The court heard fourteen defendants paid to use his service and were also convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Thirteen drivers received suspended sentences and were ordered to carry out unpaid work, and another was handed a curfew.
Judge Robert Spragg awarded a commendation to PC Wood in recognition of her professionalism and dedication in the case.
Her work involved examining hundreds of hours of CCTV and carrying out numerous arrests across Newcastle alongside officers from the force's road policing unit.
PC Wood said: “I am pleased with the outcome of the case. I hope it gives the public a wider understanding of how the laws of the roads contribute to road safety.
“I have no doubt that Mr Ahmed is not the only person in the country who has thought they could make a living from this type of criminality. Hopefully this case will be a deterrent to them.
“I am honoured to have been given a Judge’s Commendation in relation to this case. It was lovely to be recognised by the justice system, as I fully believe that all I was doing was my job.”
Superintendent Helena Barron, of Northumbria Police’s Operations Department, also paid tribute to her officer’s outstanding work on the case.
She said: “This was a complex investigation which involved a large number of defendants and it required a huge amount of concentration, patience and investigative ability.
“Over the last three years, PC Wood has shown all of these attributes as she uncovered this illicit operation and worked tirelessly to establish Syed Shahed Ahmed’s web of criminality.
“PC Wood should be very proud of this excellent work, and I would like to thank her for her unwavering professionalism and dedication while ensuring the defendants were rightly brought to justice."