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Police sell Pans off cheap – and replace with… Pans!

Steve Farrell, 12 March 2010 13:21

It’s months since a £3.5million fleet of 300 police Honda Pan Europeans was scrapped or sold for as little as £600 each over safety concerns. Yet forces are buying exactly the same model again. North Wales Police has just placed a £50,000 order for four brand new bikes after ditching a fleet of 16. At least one other force has ...

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Vigilante biker crashes

Steve Farrell, 16 July 2009 15:15

A motorcyclist who claimed to spend his spare time filming other riders and handing footage to police has written off his bike in a crash. Geoff Smith boasted last year of riding at the speed limit and sending police footage recorded on his helmet camera of other motorcyclists overtaking. “I record all the idiots that, while I’m doing the normal ...

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Death crash driver fails to return from Pakistan

Steve Farrell, 27 January 2009 13:09

A driver accused of killing two bikers has failed to return to the UK after being allowed to travel to Pakistan. Syed Raza, 27, is charged with causing the deaths of motorcyclist Michael Rowley, 41, and his 14-year-old son Jonathan, riding pillion. But prosecutors allowed Raza to keep his passport and travel home to after he claimed his mother was ...

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Vigilante biker reports speeders to police

Steve Farrell, 29 October 2008 10:15

A vigilante motorcyclist has revealed how he rides dead on the speed limit, films bikers who overtake and hands the footage to police. Riding instructor Jeff Smith uses a helmet-mounted camera to film continuously for up to three hours while riding his ex-police Honda Pan European. The 62-year-old from Southampton said: “I record all the idiots that, while I’m doing ...

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Ex-Police Honda Pan Europeans for sale

Steve Farrell, 01 September 2008 15:33

Dozens of ex-police Honda Pan Europeans are up for sale on the internet after forces deemed them unfit to use. Honda Pan Europeans for sale here The Pan Europeans were withdrawn from police use last year following reports of a high speed wobble. Honda claimed any problem would affect police bikes only because they have up-rated suspension for heavy loads. ...

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Police withdraw Pan over safety concerns

Steve Farrell, 14 May 2007 17:04

Police across the country have stopped using Honda Pan Europeans following safety recommendations by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). The step comes after a coroner said at an inquest into the death of a police motorcyclist that Pan Europeans posed a “serious and continual” threat. PC David Shreeve lost control when his Pan European ST1300 developed a violent ...

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