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Man tried to sue police £210million on ‘terrorism charges’ using medieval laws in speeding battle

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A man who unsuccessfully attempted to use ‘medieval rights and customs’ after he was prosecuted in relation to a speeding offence has said will appeal the ‘bogus’ charges. 

Earlier this month, George Thomas, 28, was fined over £1,000 for failing to give information relating to the identity of the driver when required in relation to a speeding offence after his vehicle was caught driving at 58mph in a 50mph limit. 

Police say when he was asked to confirm the identity of the driver in the car he decided to send numerous documents quoting ‘medieval laws and customs’, and demands for millions of pounds, in an attempt to avoid his legal obligation.

After trying and failing to fight the prosecution, Mr Thomas – who says he learned his defence from a Facebook group – was ordered to pay the full fine – when he could have instead completed a speed awareness course.  

But speaking from his home in Stratford Upon Avon the restorative landscaper, denied trying to use any medieval laws and said all his claims were made using ‘up-to-date legislation’.

George Thomas, 28, attempted to use ‘medieval laws and customs’ to fine the police £210million

The lien that George Edward Thomas sent to Warwickshire Police

The lien that George Edward Thomas sent to Warwickshire Police

He said: ‘I got sent a load of paperwork from Warwickshire Police around January saying I was speeding and I started the Lien process with them which gave them an opportunity to withdraw.

‘It was basically asking them to prove their claims and I told them were also in violation of the Companies Act too as they didn’t sign their documents correctly.

‘So I started that, and they said what I said wasn’t right and they had every right to do this. But they didn’t provide any evidence to back up their claims.

‘They had weeks to reply and never replied. I also gave them an opportunity to pay me a load of money which they obviously aren’t ever going to do.

‘They then sent me a notice of endorsement telling me they’ve charged me with these offences.’ 

Police say the 161-page legal document made use of 'medieval laws and customs'

Police say the 161-page legal document made use of ‘medieval laws and customs’ 

In the lien, Mr Thomas accused the police of pursuing 'an act of terrorism' on him

In the lien, Mr Thomas accused the police of pursuing ‘an act of terrorism’ on him 

As part of his defence, Mr Thomas sent police prosecutors a 161 page dossier in which he attempted to win damages for the police on charges of malfeasance and terrorism by causing alarm. 

In total, Mr Thomas calculated that he was owed £210million for his troubles. 

Explaining his process, Mr Thomas told MailOnline that the police prosecution was tantamount to harassment. 

He continued: ‘I’ve done this with the collaboration of people online and I’ve done this already with two parking offences and they got withdrawn.

‘A lot of people are doing this at the moment. They have just come after me as I’ve caused a bit of a fuss and they don’t like it.

‘I’m member of a Facebook group called ‘security by way of lien’ and that’s where it has come from. It took me six weeks to draft my document.

‘I’m now going to start a process with the magistrates court after this.

‘They are basically harassing me. I should be more clued up on it then I am to be honest. 

‘It’s under the radar and the police and courts will say these people haven’t got any jurisdiction.

‘But I haven’t used any medieval laws. This is all current and up-to-date legislation.

‘I was reading the police press release and laughing at it.

‘They might be referring to the Magna Carta or something. And on the internet there’s references to that but in my Lien I’ve used current legislation. I don’t know where they have got that from.

‘In my opinion it’s bogus.’ 

Despite now being legally obliged to pay the fine, Mr Thomas remains defiant that he has done nothing wrong. 

He explained: ‘If it ever went to court I think they would be in contempt of court as the judge will be like, well he’s asked you to prove these offences.

‘They say it went to court but I had no record of this ever happening.

‘It’s just a difference in opinion on what’s legislation and what’s law. They never followed legislation as they never signed any documents properly. The signature was just a photocopy.

‘All they have done is provided a picture from an ANPR camera as proof I was speeding, to me that is not proof unless a police officer was there.

‘They have obviously outlined their claims against me and what this document does essentially is ask them to prove these allegations.

‘I’ve put in an opportunity for them to withdraw the prosecution and if they don’t I’m going to start a Lien process with the courts.

‘Criminal charges you can’t do anything about but parking, speeding offences it usually works. There is no real victim here, who have I hurt?

‘I do believe in the law of the land. Innately I know what is right and wrong.’

However Warwickshire Police who led the prosecution have a different view. 

Despite losing, Mr Thomas is adamant he did nothing wrong through his defence

Despite losing, Mr Thomas is adamant he did nothing wrong through his defence

Inspector Dave Valente said ‘Let me be clear, all drivers on UK roads are subject to the statutory requirements of the Road Traffic Act. 

‘This includes driving licences, vehicles being MOT’d, insured and taxed. It also means complying with the speed limit, and the consequences of failing to do so. Drivers who respond with extensive demands based on ancient medieval customs, will not evade prosecution.

‘Our aim is to make our roads safer for everyone and that includes ensuring drivers comply with the speed limit. We would much prefer to educate and change behaviour first, and for drivers to attend a speed awareness course where eligible – you can do one every 3 years if the excess speed is within a threshold– but this driver gave us no choice and the case was sent to court.

‘It is really sad that this driver is required to pay over £1000 in various court costs, and received 6 points on his licence, when he was eligible for a speed awareness course outcome instead.’

‘Unfortunately this is not a one off case. We have noticed an increase in those who quote this type of material, to avoid the consequence of a speeding offence. This driver found out the hard way, trying to avoid a speeding prosecution could cost them a lot more, than responding in accordance with the Road Traffic Act.’

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