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Fatal bike stunt footage released

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Video footage of a biker performing a stunt which caused his death has been released in a bid to encourage road safety.

Chris Burrell, 44, was performing a wheelie on his bike when he lost control and collided with an oncoming car on the A41 at Tern Hill, near Market Drayton, Shropshire last June.

The family of the father-of-two, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, have decided to show the six-minute film, entitled Dying For A Ride? with a plea to other bikers "not to take chances".

The video of the stunt, which was performed in front of around 500 bikers at a weekly meet outside a north Shropshire pub, was shown to an audience of around 50 bikers.

The footage, which has been made into a safety film by West Mercia Police, shows Mr Burrell balancing on the back wheel of his Suzuki bike before losing control and crashing into a car on the opposite side of the main road.

Ian Freeman, landlord of the Stormy Petrel pub, where Mr Burrell was a regular, said that "treacherous" weather conditions had affected the turnout to watch the footage.

© Press Association 2009