Biker admits 160mph ride down A47
Police say speed was likely to be the fastest ever recorded in the county
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