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"Think Bike" campaign under way in Kent and Medway

An eight-week campaign has been launched by police and councils in Kent to cut down on the number of accidents involving cyclists and motorbike riders.

Between 2010 and 2012, there were 2,000 casualties on the county's roads.

Of those, 27 were fatal accidents.

Road users are being urged to "Think Bike" or "Biker Think", with highly visible boards being put up to remind people to be aware of each other.

Motorcyclists make up less than 1% of road users but they account for almost a quarter of all road deaths every year in Kent and Medway.

Medway Councillor Phil Filmer said:

We ran our version of the Think Bike campaign last year and it was very successful with a lot of feedback from the public saying the roadside boards did make them think and look more vigilantly for 2 wheeled road users.

For the second year running we have extended the campaign to include cyclists as there is a worrying trend in the number of collisions involving people on bikes and we are keen to get the message out that drivers should be aware of everyone on two wheels.**

– Phil Filmer, Medway Council's Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services

Appeal after motorbike stolen

The blue Yahama bike that was stolen in Ringwood Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are appealing for information after a motorbike was stolen from a Fordingbridge garden shed.

The 51-year-old owner left the blue Yahama Trials bike locked and chained in a padlocked shed in his garden.

The bike was at an address in Shaftesbury Street on Friday 6th September but when he returned the next day, the bike was gone.

Police are appealing for sighting of the bike and as the bike is difficult to start, it is likely the thieves will seek assistance from service centres.


Police appeal after man dies in motorbike crash

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision this morning.

At about 5.50am, a red motorbike travelling towards Reading and a black Audi A4 travelling in the opposite direction collided on the A4074 near Ipsden.

The motorcyclist, a man in his twenties, died at the scene.

The road was closed for several hours in both directions while investigations were carried out - and has only just been reopened.

Anyone who saw the collision or the vehicles prior to the incident is asked to call PC Sarah Davies on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Sussex police officer killed in motorbike accident

A motorcyclist who died in a collision near Ditchling on Tuesday has been named as Neil Crouch from Scaynes Hill.

Neil, a serving Sussex Police officer based at Gatwick, died at the scene after his motorbike was in collision with a Ford Focus and a Daihatsu Charade on the B2112 Common Lane, just south of the junction with the B2113 Folders Lane.

He was off duty at the time. The occupants of the two cars were uninjured.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Motcombe.

Motorbikes stolen from Winchester

Husqvarna stolen bike

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after 6 motorbikes were stolen in 3 separate incidents during the British MotoX Grand Prix at the Matterley Bowl, Winchester.

3 Husqvarna bikes were taken from a display stand, 2 bikes were stolen from a secure trailer and another was taken from outside a caravan during the 4 day event.