Fam­ily ap­peal to find Mikey’s miss­ing jacket

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

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

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