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Motorcyclist killed in crash in Sussex

Motorryclist dies in crash Credit: Press Association

A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash near Rotherfield in Sussex.

It happened the A267 at Argos Hill on Friday 26th May, when a car and a motorbike collided.

The rider, a 39-year old man from Heathfield, suffered serious injuries and died.

The car driver, an 81-year-old man, and his passenger, an 80-year-old woman, were not hurt.

Sussex Police is appealing for witnesses


Biker Down safety programme aims to cut road deaths

Motorcyclists make up 1% of the country's road traffic - yet are involved in almost 20% of fatalities on our roads.

They're startling figures from Oxfordshire's emergency services, who are now urging motorbike users to take part in a new safety programme called Biker Down.

This from Divya Kohli.

Teenager's motorbikes stolen

Officers have released this picture of one of the bikes to help in the witness appeal. Credit: Hampshire Police

Two motorbikes and a trailer were stolen from an outbuilding near Winchester.

The offender(s) broke into the property off the A31, in the Temple Valley area sometime between midday and 3.45pm on Monday, February 29.

Two off-road motorbikes, a KSI Thumper, thought to be worth around £9,000, and a Husqvarna CR125, thought to be worth around £1,800 were stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Police on 101.

This burglary particularly affects a 15-year-old boy, who rides bikes at the weekend as a hobby.

Were you driving on the A31 at around this time? Did you notice anything suspicious? Or have you seen these bikes since the burglary?”

– PC Jonathan Earnshaw, Investigating Officer


Classic motorbikes thrill the Fort

Classic motorbikes from the 1920s onwards have been on show today in Sussex.

Newhaven Fort became the stage for around 60 machines brought together by the Sussex British Motorcycle Owners Club.

The group, mainly made up of retired enthusiasts, still maintain and ride their bikes around the countryside every Friday. We spoke to bikers George Short and Mick Gant.

"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.

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