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Prince Philip warned by police over seat belt, two days after crash

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Britain's Prince Philip warned by police over seat belt, two days after crash

 

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Debris is seen at the scene where Britain's Prince Philip was involved in a traffic accident, near the Sandringham estate in eastern England, Britain, January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Radburn

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth's 97-year-old husband Prince Philip received a warning from police after he was photographed apparently driving without a seat belt, just two days after he was involved in a crash while at the wheel.

 

Newspapers showed pictures of Philip driving a replacement Land Rover on Saturday at the royals' Sandringham residence in Norfolk. He did not appear to be using a seat belt while travelling on a public road.

 

"We are aware of the photographs," a police spokesman said. "Suitable words of advice have been given to the driver and this is in line with our standard response when being made aware of our receiving such images showing this type of offence."

 

On Thursday, Philip escaped without injury when his car flipped over following a crash with another vehicle close to Sandringham.

 

Philip was unhurt, although shaken in the crash. The other driver, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee and a 45-year-old woman passenger in the car, which also had a nine-month-old baby on board, sustained a broken wrist. They were taken to hospital but later released.

 

A spokeswoman for Philip, asked about Saturday's incident, said: "It's a matter for Norfolk police."

 

Philip has developed a reputation for brusque comments and often headline-grabbing verbal gaffes.

 

(Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

 

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3 minutes ago, webfact said:

"We are aware of the photographs," a police spokesman said. "Suitable words of advice have been given to the driver and this is in line with our standard response when being made aware of our receiving such images showing this type of offence."

I would have thought that a photograph would be accepted as evidence for prosecution?

When I've seen TV documentaries about the UK police, when stopping drivers with no seat belt they always seem to report them for prosecution.

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1 hour ago, jaiyen said:

He has always been an arrogant pr*ck and looks down on others.  he should be prosecuted as an example to the general public. Police are too scared of him ! 

Prosecuted for what? The police would have to find evidence of dangerous driving (driving at high speed) - in the prince's case, this is not possible as he was entering onto the road. Driving at undue care - again hard to prove. The other car could have been driving too fast. Given that the local authorities had the area under review with the view to reducing the speed limit, any defence lawyer for the other car could easily claim that this was the main contributing cause of the accident.

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8 hours ago, jaiyen said:

He has always been an arrogant pr*ck and looks down on others.  he should be prosecuted as an example to the general public. Police are too scared of him ! 

You must know him well to make that comment...fancy someone in the inner circle of the Royal Family being a TVF member....🤔

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I assumed that he would always have a protection detail with him, so why did they let him drive with no seat belt, and besides that, why is a 97 year old man with a history of health problems allowed to drive on a public road anyway? IMO it's insanity, and just asking for a problem like that. 

Should ANY 97 year old be allowed to drive on a public road?

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3 hours ago, bluesofa said:

I would have thought that a photograph would be accepted as evidence for prosecution?

When I've seen TV documentaries about the UK police, when stopping drivers with no seat belt they always seem to report them for prosecution.

If the police were to prosecute ever driver that was reported to them they would be overwhelmed, also they would need to spend a lot of time checking through the evidence to see if it would stand up in court first, and then their would be a lot of tit for tat reporting, also they would need to understand the reason for the why it was reported, this could turn into the female version of "revenge porn", (following the ex around with a dash cam and report them for every silly mistake).

 

as the police said "....and this is in line with our standard response when being made aware of our receiving such images showing this type of offence."

 

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He can drive on the estate without seat belts 

Mrs Queen could get his licence revoked

Perhaps a driving test for him to remain using public(Queens Highways )roads

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Misspelled Queen

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17 minutes ago, thaibeachlovers said:

I assumed that he would always have a protection detail with him, so why did they let him drive with no seat belt, and besides that, why is a 97 year old man with a history of health problems allowed to drive on a public road anyway? IMO it's insanity, and just asking for a problem like that. 

Should ANY 97 year old be allowed to drive on a public road?

Does he have a record of dangerous driving? I would have thought there would be more 18 year olds that are a menace on the roads.

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17 minutes ago, giddyup said:

Does he have a record of dangerous driving? I would have thought there would be more 18 year olds that are a menace on the roads.

He has a history of health problems. He's far more likely to have a heart attack while driving and kill some other people, than some 18 year old hoon.

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