Driver fined over death of motorbike cop

A DRIVER who caused the death of a police motorcyclist has been fined for careless driving. James McGregor, 64, had denied the charge but was convicted at Amersham Magistrates Court on Tuesday. He had been driving a Peugeot 406 in Redbourn on June 28, 20

A DRIVER who caused the death of a police motorcyclist has been fined for careless driving.

James McGregor, 64, had denied the charge but was convicted at Amersham Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

He had been driving a Peugeot 406 in Redbourn on June 28, 2005 when it was in collision with the motorbike of Pc Kevin Church who was involved in a surveillance operation.

The officer, who lived in Burghley Close, Stevenage, died from his injuries.

McGregor, of Green Lane, St Albans, was fined £400, ordered to pay £365 costs and given six penalty points on his licence.

Yesterday, Herts chief constable Frank Whiteley said: "The loss of Pc Church came as a terrible shock to everyone who knew him. He was a highly experienced and respected officer.

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"Every day, officers and staff are working hard to make Hertfordshire a safe county and Kevin's death is a tragic reminder of the risks that this work involves.

"Our thoughts remain with Kevin's partner, family and colleagues.

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