Just pull over there pls while we waste your time.
Just picked up on this story again on theregister.co.uk and was suprised to still see this making the news. Also not really surprising for northwales police not knowing when to shutup and actually listen for once.
We had a great day that day and i saw less police than any other day i have been up there - and we go most weekends and saturday mornings for breakfast. In our small group we all ride different types of bike, from late 80's classic sports to late 90's tourers and even a couple of classics, all legal plates, taxed etc etc yet we have been stopped 7 or more times this year always with the same old tired excuse and ANPR converyor belt setup.
I have no problem being stopped if i was speeding or being a general nuisance or inappropriate riding, however never have we even seen a producer or given any valid reason for being stopped. we have always been polite and given all information if requested (and once not even spoke to, just sent on our way after 5 mins of being stopped)
I fully appreciate there are some loaded weapons out there who treat every weekend as race week, but to tar everyone on two wheels as a threat is just insane. When i lived in northwales the weekday police were quite different and had a different stance to the weekend bullyboys. We know brunstom (and the spooky looking wolfenden) encouraged you to make our lives a misery, we also know these guys are despised by thier own force, and the vast majority of northwales police are actually reasonable decent poeple doing a tough job, however it only takes one or two (just the same as us bikers) to ruin all the good work done by the majority,
As for the camera incident, we got stopped late last year just by the speed camera in pontybodkin, by this one "gent" on his unmarked red blade (just before they went back) and he hit us with the same script when we tried to take a picture of him. same old lines. while he was argueing with me, my mate got a snap of him anyway (still got this). This particular officer has been vile each and every time we have seen him at a "road side" check, his manner is appauling, openly boasts about baiting bikes in the skoda estates (sitting nice and close pushing them into speeding before hitting the lights and booking them) and general enjoying the moment being an arse to bikers. Its this type of idiot northwales police wants rid of.
T the end of the day, you have enough ANPR to flood all routed in and out of northwales, why not simply use it and pull people if breaking the law - ie what you do to car drivers, and instead of alienating bikers.
And here's another idea, i know it a bit "out there" but hear me out. Why not try treating bikers with some respect for once, it can work both ways you know.