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M27 crash victim named

Robert Simmonds at a scooter rally on the Isle of Wight in 2010 Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have released the name of the motorcyclist who died in a collision on the M27 on Wednesday.

He was Robert Simmonds, 49-years-old, of Blackmoor Walk in Havant.

At around 6.40am, the Suzuki Bandit motorcycle he was riding was in collision with a high-sided skip lorry or similar at junction five on the westbound carriageway.

Mr Simmonds was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have released a statement which said: "The family are devastated by this tragic news. Rob was an experienced motorcyclist and loved to live life to the full. He will be missed by everyone who knew him."

Police are continuing their appeal for information about the collision and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed it or saw any vehicle involved prior to it.

IOW motorbike safety course

The Isle of Wight is hosting a motorcycle safety course to prevent an increase in crashes.

The Council's Better Riding course involves theory and practical training aimed at all levels of experience.

In the last three years, 76 motorcyclists have been killed or injured on the Island's roads.

The course helps motorcyclists ride defensively and prepare for hazards on the road.

A variety of techniques will be covered including advanced riding skills, overtaking, braking and filtering as well as basic first aid.

Based at Sandown Fire Station on Thursday evenings.

This course is a great opportunity for people new to riding or those in need of a refresher course to learn about the fundamentals of being safer on the road. Unfortunately, often through no fault of their own, bikers form a disproportionately high percentage of the UK's serious road traffic incidents and we feel this course - and its sister Better Driving course aimed at car drivers - is important to help make our roads safer."

– Phil Jordan, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for public protection


Bordon man killed in motorbike crash

A man from Bordon was killed yesterday when his motorbike collided with a car in Oakhanger, Hampshire.

The 40-year-old motorcyclist crashed with a silver Mitsubshi driven by a 60-year-old man from Alton at 5.15pm.

The rider suffered serious injuries and died shortly after the crash but no-one else was injured and no arrests were made.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit at Fratton are currently investigating the incident and are appealing for witnesses.

They are especially keen to talk to the driver of a large silver horse transporter with horses painted on the back of the vehicle.

Motorcyclist killed in M3 collision

A motorcyclist has died following a collision on the M3 southbound this morning.

The collision happened just before 7am. A number of other vehicles have been involved but there are no further injuries.

The motorway is open to traffic on the hard shoulder only between junction 2 at the M25 junction and junction 3 at Lightwater.

Surrey Police is advising motorists to seek alternative routes as traffic is currently backed up on the M3 and the M25 and motorists may face delays of a few hours.


Rider banned after travelling at 152mph

A driver who recorded the highest speed in the country when he was caught travelling at 152mph was today disqualified from driving. Engineer Steven Tull, 37, of Liphook, Hampshire, was sentenced at Worthing Magistrates’ Court for dangerous driving, speeding and driving without an MOT.

The court heard from defence lawyer Marie Lewiecki that Tull lives with his wife in Hampshire but works in Oxfordshire and would struggle to commute if he lost his licence. Judge Roderick Hine sentenced Tull to a 12-month driving disqualification - the minimum he could impose.

Tull was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and to pay £620 prosecution costs. Judge Hine said: "I know you find it hard to accept your driving was dangerous. The reason you were convicted of dangerous driving is what could have happened."

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