PC charged over speed points 'did it for girlfriend'

A police officer accepted speeding points for his girlfriend so she would avoid a driving ban, a court has heard.

PC Alex Owen, 31, and police worker Nina East, 34, both of Portishead, work for Avon and Somerset Police.

Ms East was working as a civilian member of staff at Bristol's Southmead police station when she was allegedly caught by a speed camera.

Gloucester Crown Court heard she already had nine points and Mr Owen said he had been driving.

He was sent on a speed awareness course and paid a fine, but an investigation revealed he had been taking part in an anti-terrorist operation at Trinity Road police station in the city at the time of the offence in June 2008, the court was told.

'Not true'

Ian Dixey, prosecuting, told the jury that a log book in the station's custody suite proved Mr Owen had not left Trinity Road.

When he was interviewed, Mr Owen admitted he had lost his notebook.

He accepted he had made a mistake about driving the car but denied there had been a cover up.

When asked in court if her partner had taken the points to prevent her receiving a driving ban, Ms East replied: "No, that's not true."

The pair both deny perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.

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