Traffic cop who warned drivers 'this is not Silverstone' sacked for speeding at 154mph on A1(M)

PC Adam Smith
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A police officer who once cautioned speeding motorists that "this is not Silverstone'' has been dismissed for clocking up 154 mph in a patrol car while on duty.

PC Adam Smith was sacked by North Yorkshire Police after a disciplinary hearing found him guilty of gross misconduct. Smith was caught driving at 154 mph and 98 mph during the same trip, shortly after starring in a force promotional video aimed at curbing 'street racing'.

The hearing, which took place on Friday, May 24, heard both incidents occurred on the A1(M) northbound and there was "no police purpose for the excessive speed". He conceded his actions violated the standard of professional behaviour and amounted to Gross Misconduct, according to a report from the hearing.

Smith was immediately dismissed and added to the college of policing barred list. North Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Tim Forber, who presided over the misconduct hearing, stated: "I am rightly concerned about the number of persons killed or seriously injured on the road network.

"The primary cause of this is excess speed and the force rightly undertakes extensive speed enforcement and prevention activity. The actions of PC Smith, driving at speeds of up to 154mph with no policing purpose for doing so, have undermined the legitimacy of the force in this regard."

Smith was the face of North Yorkshire's Selby district's clampdown on street racing in 2022. He was captured on camera during patrol, cautioning drivers that "this is Selby not Silverstone" following reports of over 100 cars participating in a regular 'Sunday cruise' in the area.

Smith revealed that local residents from rural villages had reached out to the police, leading them to establish a dedicated road safety operation to monitor the area every Sunday. Addressing the camera, he stated: "We are out in force tonight and as the night has gone on, we have seen upwards of 100 cars in and around the area.", reports Yorkshire Live.

"Purely by being here, we quelled issues, however we have still seen unfortunately some bad driving. By being marked down here in a constant presence as the night goes on, we should hopefully see a reduction in the issues we've been having down here."