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Illegal off-road motorcycle rider fined after head-on crash

An uninsured and unlicensed motorcyclist was caught by police after crashing head-on with a fellow biker in a residential street.

Craig Watson, aged 33, was riding along Skegby Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, when the collision happened on the evening of Sunday 19 July 2020.

Watson, who suffered a broken ankle in the crash, had earlier been seen riding up and down the road on his Suzuki off-road motorcycle.

The crash happened as he approached the other bike head on and swerved too late to avoid a collision.

He later admitted to police that he was not licensed to ride a motorcycle and that he had no insurance.

Watson, of Thorneywood Avenue, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, later pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

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Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday he was handed a £1,000 fine and given eight penalty points. He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a further victim surcharge of £100.

PC Joel Hughes, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Watson was fully aware that he had no right to ride this bike on the road but did so anyway – using it in a manner that put other road users in danger.

“People who ride off-road motorcycles illegally on our streets cause a considerable noise nuisance to local residents and also put themselves in danger.

“We won’t tolerate this sort of behaviour and will continue with our efforts to punish people who ride bikes where they shouldn’t. Offenders can expect to have their bikes seized and potentially destroyed if they continue to flout the law in this way.”

 

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