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Biker jailed over 166mph speed

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A hairdresser who was "seduced" by the power of his high-speed bike has been jailed for nine months after reaching speeds of 166mph.

Neil Purves, 27, hit the highest speed ever recorded on a Scottish road when police caught him on the A702 near West Linton, Peeblesshire.

Patrolling officers heard a "high pitched engine noise" which alerted them to the biker on May 13.

Peebles Sheriff Court has banned Purves from driving for five years.

An officer with 28 years experience told the court he was "shocked" at the "excessively high speed" achieved by Purves.

Fiscal depute Alastair Learmonth told the court: "The speed libelled (charged) of 166mph is thought to be the highest speed recorded on a public road in Scotland."

Purves, from Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, earlier admitted a charge of dangerous driving.

His lawyer argued the case for a non-custodial sentence, saying his client was a man of good character who had been "seduced" by the power of his high-speed bike.

But Sheriff John Horsburgh told Purves: "The speed at which you were driving this motorcycle makes a custodial sentence the only appropriate one."

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