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Portishead PC cleared of perverting course of justice

A policeman accused of taking speeding points for his girlfriend, has been formally cleared of perverting the course of justice by a judge at Gloucester Crown Court.

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

The jury at their trial was discharged in February.

At a hearing the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence and the judge recorded not guilty verdicts.

A CPS spokesperson said there was "no longer a realistic prospect of conviction" as no further evidence had come to light since the initial trial.

The prosecution had claimed that between July 2008 and January 2009, Ms East, who also faced a charge of perverting the course of justice, was driving a car caught in a speed check.

It was alleged that as she already had nine points on her licence, Mr Owen said he had been driving.

He was sent on a speed awareness course and paid a fine, but an investigation subsequently revealed he had been taking part in a police operation at the time.

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

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