Man caught speeding at 160mph on A47 Thorney: Wisbech mum whose son was killed by motorist says tougher sentences are crucial, Councillor David Sanders brands it ‘insanity’

56-year-old man from Peterborough caught doing more than twice the 70mph speed limit along the A47 T

56-year-old man from Peterborough caught doing more than twice the 70mph speed limit along the A47 Thorney, , , 15/08/2016 Picture by Terry Harris. - Credit: Terry Harris Photography

A 56-year-old motorcyclist faces a hefty ban after being caught speeding on the A47 at Thorney near Wisbech at 160mph.

56-year-old man from Peterborough caught doing more than twice the 70mph speed limit along the A47 T

56-year-old man from Peterborough caught doing more than twice the 70mph speed limit along the A47 Thorney, , , 15/08/2016 Picture by Terry Harris. - Credit: Terry Harris Photography

“That speed is insanity,” said Councillor David Sanders, who represents the village on Peterborough City Council.

“It’s not about him; it’s about putting other people’s lives in danger.

“There’s speeding but 160mph is just stupid.

“His punishment needs to set an example because people need to be made aware that that speed is inappropriate and idiotic.”

Motorcyclist reported for driving 160mph on the A47 Thorney.

Motorcyclist reported for driving 160mph on the A47 Thorney. - Credit: Archant


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A police spokesman said: “I can’t confirm whether this is the highest speed ever recorded in the county but it would be fair to say it is one of the highest.”

Two witnesses told Cambs Police they saw the BMW motorcyclist whilst visiting the children’s attractions at nearby Pigeon Farm, Thorney, with their families.

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One man told police: “We were at Pigeon Farm at about 10.30am and he was going up towards Guyhirn; then he was going back towards Peterborough.

“He needs to be made an example of; I have never seen such driving. He should be banned for life.

Jamie Butcher

Jamie Butcher - Credit: Archant

“The likelihood is though he will get a hefty fine, a 12 month ban and a smack on the wrist.”

A woman who spotted it said: “I have never seen such disgusting driving in my life.”

Tina Butcher of Wisbech, who lost her son Jamie after he was killed by a speeding driver in the town six years ago, said: “It seems that we here these stories time and time again.

“I can’t say it surprises us anymore because we see it all the time.”

Jamie Butcher

Jamie Butcher - Credit: Archant

“Nobody is telling you to drive dangerously. It just leaves families, like us, devastated and left to pick up the pieces.”

The main problem for Mrs Butcher, who runs Justice for Jamie, a campaign to get tougher sentences for dangerous drivers, is the justice system.

“We’ve always thought the sentences are not good enough.”

The officer who caught the speeding motorcyclist, PC Dave Black from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads 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.”

Mrs Butcher said Michael Moore, of Parson Drove, the man who killed her son, had been driving at 58mph in a 30mph zone and crossed a red light when he ploughed into Jamie. Moore was jailed for 43 months.

“We thought 43 months in prison was ridiculous,” said Mrs Butcher.

“There are a lot of families who we know from all over the country who are campaigning because their loved ones have been killed.

“It‘s not the sort of thing we want to be involved in but we have to because Jamie isn’t here to speak up for himself.

“If we can get something done to change the law, we feel as if we have done something for him.”

Mrs Butcher added: “Just a few miles per hour over the limit and you might shed a few seconds off your journey but you’ll leave people like us with a lifetime of heartache.”

In the five years from 2011-2015 there have been 172 fatal or serious collisions in Cambridgeshire where at least one driver was reported to be exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for the conditions, resulting in 25 fatalities and 191 people being seriously injured.

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