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Speeding bikers get prison sentence

Published: 15 July 2003

The bikers clocked at 157mph and 148mph on the A421 Tingewick bypass near Buckingham have both been sentenced to 28 days in prison.

Andrew Osborne, a car mechanic from Lighthorne Heath, Warks, and Neil Bolger, a HGV driver of Gaydon, Warks, both 29, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving. They were both also banned from driving for two years and will have to re-take their tests again to get their motorcycle licences back.

The pair were caught by Thames Valley Police camera technician Frank Yabsley in March this year, " Leaning heavily into a sweeping left hand bend overtaking a lorry well in excess of the 70mph limit. "

Both men had clean licences and neither had any previous convictions. Aylesbury court heard both men had since sold their bikes, a Kawasaki ZX-12R and ZX-7R.

Chairman of the bench David Thomas jailed both men saying: " This is clearly a unique offence. It was an example of unprecedented excessive speeding on our roads at great risk to others. "

For a full response to the jail sentences, see MCN, out July 23. If you agree or disagree with the punishment, let us know by posting a message on the News discussion board by following the link on the right.

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