Video: Police clampdown on YouTube racers

By Steve Farrell -

General news

 04 January 2008 10:27

Riders who post clips of themselves speeding on the internet face having their homes raided and computer equipment seized, police have warned.

They say they are monitoring film sharing sites such as YouTube.com and will leave no stone unturned in the search for culprits.

The warning came after a clip emerged of a motorcyclist hitting an indicated 180mph.

The clip, on the website LiveLeak.com, appears to show a Kawasaki ZX-10 at 110mph over the national speed limit on a dual carriageway in Buckinghamshire. It is thought to be the most serious speeding offence ever recorded on UK roads.

The rider overtakes one car with 170 on the clock and wheelies past others at over 140. It has been viewed over 122,000 times.

Malcolm Collis, Head of Specialist Units for Thames Valley Police, said: “We are aware of the popularity of film sharing sites and will always endeavour to investigate any riders who are breaking the law within the Thames Valley area.”

The police warning also came after officers raided the home of a man who posted a 176mph clip.

The man, who did not want to be named, told MCN: “My house was raided by police and my computer confiscated.”

His clip shows a motorcycle overtaking traffic and another bike before hitting an indicated 176 on the A628 in South Yorkshire in wet conditions and low light. He has denied being the rider.

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