James Bond Number Plate Ploy
Catches Up With Teenager


A teenage motorist who attempted to evade speeding fines by using “James Bond style dropdown number plates” found it to be an expensive ploy following extensive multi-agency enquiries.

The driver of the vehicle, William Shaw, was 18 years of age at the time of the offences.  He had fitted a “number plate flipper device “ to his mother’s vehicle, which enabled him to operate a switch within the vehicle allowing the number plate to be lowered so that it could not be read, to avoid speed camera detection, writes Hazel Robertson, Head of Cameras, Tickets and Collisions (CTC) for Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Constabularies

Pattern Detected

In October 2015 when the offences were being verified within CTC, we were unable to process the NIPs as we could not read the vehicle registration.  After a few activations, the verifiers identified a pattern with this vehicle and referred the images to the CTC Investigations team.

Extensive investigations by CTC members, local police officers and the national ANPR Countermeasures Special Interest Group led officers to an address in Pinner, Middlesex, where they saw a red Ford Fiesta Zetec.

Following a conversation, William Shaw was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and officers discovered, a quantity of number plates in the defendant's bedroom and also in the shed where sets of number plates with a flipper device attached were seized.

Further Offences

Further offences were uncovered after the car with dropped-down plates was spotted by an off-duty officer and the vehicle was later stopped for speeding by a marked patrol car.

Shaw was charged with one offence of perverting the court of Justice and 13 speeding offences and the case was heard in court on the 26th of October 2016 where he pleaded guilty to all charges.

His indictment charges for perverting the course of justice were:

Five months imprisonment suspended for 12 months and unpaid work for 80 hours before 26 October 2017 supervised by probation officers. Shaw must remain at his home address in Pinner between 22:00 and 07:00 with an electronic tag for three months.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and the flipper device was seized.

For 13 speeding offences, Shaw was disqualified for 9 months, following which an extended test must  be taken.  His licence was also endorsed. He was further ordered to pay £1,000 towards the cost of the prosecution within 28 days.

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