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Proof There Is A God

The chief executive of the company that installs the majority of speed cameras on Britain's roads was banned from driving for six months today after admitting driving at more than 100mph.

Tom Riall, the boss of Serco's civil government division, which supplies and installs the Gatso fixed radar cameras to police forces, was travelling at 102.9mph on the A14 in Newmarket, Suffolk, just before 1pm on 4 January, magistrates in Sudbury heard. The speed limit on the dual carriageway is 70mph.

Riall, 49, had two other driving convictions from the last three years, including another speeding offence, the court heard, meaning the six-point penalty imposed by magistrates took him past the 12-point mark. He asked the magistrates not to impose a ban but on consideration, they banned him anyway. He was also fined £300.

Riall, who took part last year in a road safety campaign called Safe Drive Stay Alive, told the court he would like formally to apologise, saying: "In my role I am all too aware of the consequences of speeding." Riall said he was driving to visit friends in Newmarket before a business meeting in Norwich and the road was clear.

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