Motorcyclist caught driving ‘horrendously fast’ at 160mph - more than TWICE the speed limit - on A47 Thorney

Motorcyclist reported for driving 160mph on the A47 Thorney.

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

A motorcyclist travelling at 160mph on a BMW sports bike has overtaken ex-Cambridge United striker Jordan Slew as the fastest recorded driver in Cambridgeshire.

The 56-year-old man from Peterborough was caught doing more than twice the 70mph speed limit along the A47 Thorney yesterday.

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.”

BCH Road Policing also tweeted: “This is not a race track. Rider reported #think”.

It tops Slew’s record of 156mph, having led police on a high-speed chase along the A1 near Sawtry last March. He was banned from driving for six months and given a £1,400 fine.

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Earlier this year Louie Howlett, 21, was caught doing 154mph in his Seat Leon on the A11 - more than twice the legal speed limit.

The Lakenheath mechanic was banned from driving for 56 days, given a £250 fine and £115 in court costs.

The high speed comes despite a month-long police campaign called THINK! in January this year, which aimed to remind motorists of the consequences of speeding after 41,407 people were issued with tickets in 2014.