'Not a race track': Police in Powys 'catch motorcyclist speeding at 120mph'

Police were carrying out speed checks when they caught one motorcyclist travelling at 120mph. Credit: PA Images / Dyfed Powys Police

Police in Powys have shared an image of a motorcyclist allegedly travelling at 120 miles per hour as part of a crackdown on speeding.

The Roads Policing Unit at Dyfed Powys Police was carrying out checks on the A40 Brecon bypass on the morning of Sunday 12 June.

Officers reported that in just two hours, more than two dozen vehicles were found to be exceeding the speed limit - with four of those said to be travelling in excess of 100mph.

They tweeted an image of the biker apparently clocking up speeds of 120mph, adding: "Not a race track" and urging people "drive to arrive".

The checks were part of Operation Darwen - an all-Wales campaign aimed at increasing awareness of motorcycle safety and reducing casualties on the roads.

PS Matt Thomas, from Powys Roads Policing Unit, said: "This was a busy day for motorcycles on the road, and roads policing officers provided a highly visible presence engaging, educating and enforcing with the overall aim of reducing casualties on the roads and preventing antisocial riding.

"The campaign will continue to through to the autumn, with officers focusing on the 'Fatal Five’ - namely, mobile phones, speeding, dangerous riding/driving, seatbelts and drink/drug driving - to reduce casualties on the roads."

Elsewhere, roads safety organisation Go Safe Cymru tweeted that a motorist had been caught driving at 125mph in a 40mph limit zone.

The incident is reported to have happened on the A4067 Godre'r Graig junction with Graig Newydd.

Go Safe Cymru tweeted: "High speeds risk lives. Help us keep our roads safe by driving to the legal limit. We can all play our part in making the roads safer for everyone."

It is not the first time motorists in Wales have been found travelling at such excessive speeds.

Last year, police said one driver was caught speeding at a "whopping" 149 miles per hour with his young son in the car.

The "foolish" man was reportedly clocked as he passed a roads policing officer at Broughton, Flintshire, with his 14-year-son as a passenger.

North Wales Police later tweeted to say: "We literally have no words".

Also last year, a motorist said to have been stopped by police for driving at 122mph on the M5 told officers that he was travelling back from Wales after getting a haircut.

Another motorist admitted reaching speeds of up to 160mph during the first lockdown in 2020, while a driver allegedly caught speeding at more than 100mph told police they were rushing home to eat their takeaway.