Great Britain

Driver who made trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats in record time ‘kept it secret for 6 months to avoid prosecution’

A RECORD-breaking driver who drove the length of Britain in under 10 hours kept it SECRET in a bid to avoid prosecution, a jury has heard.

Thomas Davies, 29, of Corwen in North Wales, made headlines after he claimed to have travelled 841 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End in nine hours and 36 minutes in 2017.

But Davies is now on trial at Truro Crown Court charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice and three of dangerous driving.

Prosecutor Ryan Murray claimed the driver accomplished the feat by travelling at “extremely dangerous” speeds and using devices and fake number plates “to avoid detection.”

It is also claimed the Welshman waited six months to tell the world about the record because speeding in the UK has to be prosecuted within six months.

Mr Murray said: "This is a case about two tips of the UK - John O'Groats in the north of Scotland and Land's End here in Cornwall and the defendant's ambition to travel from one of those points to the other, in a motor vehicle quicker than anyone else had ever done before.

"It is also about, the prosecution say, illegal methods that he used to achieve his ambition."

He said the points are 841 miles apart and on an average day with average traffic would take around 15 hours to complete.

But Mr Murray said Davies did it on 9 hours and 36 minutes and a tracker he fitted to his car recorded that.

The prosecuting lawyer said: “To travel 841 miles in that time requires the driving to be fast, very fast in fact. You may think this is obvious.

"Speed records are after all not easily broken by vehicles that travel slowly."

He claimed Davies' average speed would have been 89mph which is “an extremely dangerous way to drive.”

In August 2018, police raided the driver's home and found a silver Audi A5 S5 which the Welshman claims he used to sensationally break the speed record, Mr Murray said.

Cops then found an extra 80 litre fuel tank in the boot which was free to rattle around in the boot and was not sealed, added the prosecutor.

Also found were four transponders known as jammers - two under the front registration plate and two under the rear plate- which are used to sense a speed laser.

He said there was a device which warns of fixed or mobile police radar speedometers.

Mr Murray said these devices and fake number plates were used “ to avoid detection.”

Davies denies the charges and his trial continues.

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