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'Speeding' cases dropped against five bikers

A screenshot from a motorbike video released by Norfolk Police after the initial court case. Photo: Norfolk Police

Five motorbikers who were stopped by police on the A47 in Norfolk in August 2017 for allegedly speeding at 140 mph have had their cases dropped in court.

The bikers, aged between 21 and 51 were Sian Cooper, Gavin Green, Jackson Harmer, Kaz Pinfold, and Martin Pinfold.

They were convicted in January but when the case returned to court for sentencing, a review by the Crown Prosecution Service found there was no evidence that speeds of 140mph had been reached and the cases against four defendants were withdrawn.

Martin Pinfold from Caister admitted travelling at 94 mph and was given four penalty points and ordered to pay costs and fines of £525.

Norfolk Police were criticised for releasing video of the incident before the end of legal proceedings.

A screenshot from a motorbike video released by Norfolk Police after the initial court case. Credit: Norfolk Police

Inspector Jon Chapman of Norfolk Police's Roads Policing unit said: “Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four' offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision."

“In this case, three of the riders pleaded guilty and two failed to enter a plea and were convicted in their absence. Due to the circumstances involved and possible outcomes, the matter was referred to a court hearing for sentencing.

"At the sentencing hearing all five changed their pleas to not guilty and following a further review of the technical evidence it was decided to only pursue a charge against one rider.”

– Insp Jon Chapman, Norfolk Police