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Officer in 150mph A47 pursuit says bikers' speeds 'dangerously high'

PUBLISHED: 18:03 25 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:55 26 January 2018

Police motorcyclists, PC Andy Lawer, left, and PC Mark Carter, part of the new Road Casualty Reduction Team, aiming to engage with motorcyclists and motorists. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Police motorcyclists, PC Andy Lawer, left, and PC Mark Carter, part of the new Road Casualty Reduction Team, aiming to engage with motorcyclists and motorists. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A brave police officer who chased down five motorcyclists in a 150mph pursuit over four miles of the A47 has said the risk they posed to others left him no choice.

Five motorcyclists have been convicted of speeding at 140mph on the A47 at Trowse, but will keep their licences for another six months before their disqualification hearings. Picture: Norfolk Police
Five motorcyclists have been convicted of speeding at 140mph on the A47 at Trowse, but will keep their licences for another six months before their disqualification hearings. Picture: Norfolk Police

PC Mark Carter, a member of the Norfolk road casualty reduction team since its inception, said it was only the second time in his two decade career as a roads policing officer he had been forced to hit such extreme speeds.

Speaking after the conviction of the five bikers, he said there had been “too much of a risk” to others for him not to reach more than 150mph in their pursuit.

“I still want to go home in one piece so I don’t want to put myself or others at risk,” he said.

The five riders had caught the attention of PC Carter close to the Postwick junction heading westbound shortly after 9am on August 6 last year.

Five motorcyclists have been convicted of speeding at 140mph on the A47 at Trowse, but will keep their licences for another six months before their disqualification hearings. Picture: Norfolk Police
Five motorcyclists have been convicted of speeding at 140mph on the A47 at Trowse, but will keep their licences for another six months before their disqualification hearings. Picture: Norfolk Police

He said he was alerted “purely by the noise” and gave pursuit while on a motorcycle patrol.

“I called one of my colleagues who I knew was a short distance behind me and I did a follow check. That check has to be over 0.2 of a mile or more where you record the speed for that vehicle.

“The bikes initially had almost no traffic around because everyone was getting out of their way. As they got to the slightly busier section they had to slow up - and when they did that allowed me to get up among them and video their plates.”

The group, who have since been convicted of driving at excess speed, were recorded travelling 140mph in the 70mph limit.

“They were all compliant when they stopped and said it had been a moment of madness,” added PC Carter.

“For me that is only the second time I have had to approach that speed in my 20 years of service. Unfortunately being on the roads is inherently dangerous these days. Certainly as the speeds increase the risk and dangers increase. I was quite happy none of the riders’ riding amounted to dangerous driving, however their speeds were dangerously high.

“I felt if they carried on at those sort of speeds they presented a significant risk, not just to themselves but to othershad as well.”

Sian Cooper, riding a Honda, Gavin Green, riding a BMW S1000RR, Jackson Harmer, riding an Aprilia RSV4, Kaz Pinfold, riding a Honda CBR 1000, and Martin Pinfold, riding a BMW S1000RR, were all summonsed to Norwich Magistrates Court.

Kaz Pinfold, 48, and Martin Pinfold, 51, both of Allendale Road in Caister-on-sea, submitted written guilty pleas.

Harmer, 34, and Cooper, 21, both of Bracecamp Close in Ormesby, did not enter a plea and had the case proved in their absence.

Green, 31, of Rushton Drive, Carlton Coleville, entered a guilty plea and wrote a letter to the court to offer his “sincere apologies”.

All five will wait until June 18 to hear whether they will be disqualified from driving due to excessive speeds.

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