Biker ad­mits 160mph ride down A47

Po­lice say speed was likely to be the fastest ever recorded in the county

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A Peter­bor­ough biker has pleaded guilty to rid­ing at the fastest speed ever recorded in Cam­bridgeshire when he was caught trav­el­ling at 160mph. Si­mon An­thony (57) of Or­chard Mews, Wood­ston, was rid­ing his BMWRR100­mo­tor­bike on the A47 at Thor­ney on the af­ter­noon of Sun­day, Au­gust 14 when of­fi­cers spot­ted the speed­ing biker.

An­thony was trav­el­ling at more than dou­ble the speed limit on the road, which was 70mph.

On Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 29, An­thony ap­peared at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Courtwhere­he­p­lead­edguilty to one count of speed­ing.

A Cam­bridgeshire po­lice spokesman said 160mph was likely to be the fastest speed ever to have been recorded on the county’s roads.

PC Dave Black from the Bed­ford­shire, Cam­bridge- shire­andHert­ford­shireRoads Polic­ing Unit said: “The mo­tor­cy­clist was trav­el­ling hor­ren­dously fast.

“There is ab­so­lutely no rea­son for any­one to be trav­el­ling at such speeds on pub­lic roads.

“Not only was he putting him­self at dan­ger, but also the lives of other road users.”

An­drew Nick­er­son, pros­e­cut­ing, told the­courtof­fi­cers had­seen­the­bik­er­speedin­gin the af­ter­noon.

He said: “It was 5.20pm on Au­gust14. Therew­eretwoPCs on duty on the A47 east­bound near Thor­ney.

“They saw a bike do­ing 160mph for a dis­tance of 377 me­tres.

“The de­fen­dant ini­tially said hewas­not­go­ingth­at­fast, and it must have been the car next to him.

“He was re­ported for ex­cess speed.

“He then said he thought he was only do­ing 120mph.”

The court was told An­thony had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions recorded against him for any other driv­ing re­lated of­fences.

Po­lice stopped the speed­ing biker near Thor­ney

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