Family appeal to find Mikey’s missing jacket
The family of a biker killed in a horror crash on a Peterborough road have made an emotional plea to find his missing leather jacket and tankard.
Michael Howard died following the crash on Bretton Way at the junction with Deerleap in Bretton on August 22, when a Saab collided with the motorbike he was riding.
Mr Howard - a father and grandfather, who was known as ‘Mikey’ and ‘Mad Dog’ - died at the scene.
Since his death, his beloved leathers and a drinking tankard have gone missing. The family believe the leather jacket - known by bikers as ‘a cut’ - was mistakenly donated to The Salvation Army in Lincoln Road, but they said they never received it.
Michael’s sister, Ann, said: “I want to get the genuine waistcoat back as for every pin or patch that is on the cut, there is a story about the ride there, or the antics during the event, that will help to keep his memory alive for his children. His belongings are very pre- cious to so many who were with him while he was at the events, and to his family who can call on those memories for comfort.”
Michael had five children - Tamara, Ryan, Troy, Diesel and Mustang and two grandchildren - Noah and Scarlet.
Ann said his family had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the support they had received, with scores of bikers attending his funeral. She said: “My brother had a really big heart, he wasn’t perfect (but who is) but over the weeks since his death, we have been overwhelmed by the level of support received and the love that has been shown for him.
“Mick Smith of East An- glian Bikers organised the “last ride” for us as a special send off for Mikey, it was such a tribute and we were honoured to have been a part of it, the noise of the bikes bought a tear for most of the family and friends present at his funeral. “
Michael, from Burrett Road, Walsoken, Wisbech, was riding a grey Suzuki at the time of the incident. Neville Smith (22), of no fixed abode, has denied causing death by dangerous driving, and will stand trial next year.
Anyone with information about Michael’s leathers or his tankard should contact the Peterborough Telegraph on 01733 588734.
Michael on his beloved bike
The missing leather jacket and tankard