Motorbike seized after rider exceeds 100mph — and fails to stop for police — on Dales road

Police checking speeds over the weekend. Photo: North Yorkshire Police.

A motorbike has been seized after its rider travelled at more than 100mph — and then failed to stop for police — on a Dales road.

The offence occurred on the B6255 near Hawes over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Police say the rider was reported for summons and will appear in court soon.

In a separate incident, a motorcyclist suffered serious injuries after a collision involving two bikes and a car in the  Bainbridge area.

A car driver was also recorded at 102mph in a 50mph zone in the district over the weekend.

There was an enhanced police presence on routes across the county, including Richmondshire, over the weekend.

Units were deployed to key areas during a special Roads Policing Group operation, codenamed Op Boundary, to reduce collisions, target road-related offences and tackle other crime.

The Dales area was a particular focus due to the type and volume of bank holiday traffic.

Officers dealt with unlicensed and uninsured drivers, unroadworthy vehicles, drink and drug driving, speeding, dangerous driving and intercepted criminals who use the road network.

They also responded to several serious collisions that left motorists in hospital with serious injuries.

From bank holiday Friday to Monday, officers dealt with hundreds of incidents on the county’s roads, including joint work with neighbouring police forces which led to a driver who was wanted in connection with burglaries in Luton being detained near Catterick.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, who led Op Boundary, said: “We’ve had a very busy but extremely productive weekend, the results of which speak for themselves.

“We’ve dealt with some serious road offences over the last few days and Op Boundary allowed us to focus on reducing collisions in key areas and keeping the roads as safe as possible.

“But it also meant our units were strategically deployed so they could tackle other offences, such as theft and burglary, which involve the use of our road network.

North Yorkshire Police listened to concerns from residents about road use in their communities and has been working with residents to target a range of offences, from speeding and excessive exhaust noise to dangerous driving and drink and drug driving.

Sgt Stringer added: “We’re grateful for the strong support we’ve received from the public this weekend, whether it’s when we’ve been policing the roads in their communities, when talking to motorists at our pop-up BikeSafe base in the Dales and in comments on our social media.

“Everyone has a right to use North Yorkshire’s roads without being put at risk by an irresponsible minority. North Yorkshire’s roads aren’t racetracks and anyone who uses them illegally will be dealt with as robustly as possible.

“This is just the start of this intensive and hard-hitting campaign and we’ll continue this approach throughout the summer.”

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