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Speeding biker caught doing 116mph

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A biker caught speeding through rush hour traffic near York at 116mph has been condemned by a traffic officer.

Inspector Dave Brown, from North Yorkshire Police, said: "This is one of the worst cases of inappropriate and excessive speed I have seen in 30 years of policing."

Matthew Greenwood of Rainsborough, 34, was caught going almost double the 60mph speed limit on the single carriageway A1237 near York on the morning of October 31.

After pleading guilty at Selby Magistrates Court, Greenwood was charged a fine of £395, ordered to pay costs of £60 and lost his licence for three months.

He can expect to have to pay significantly more for his bike insurance policy when he gets his licence back.

Inspector Brown said: "Greenwood rode his bike at almost double the legal speed limit, in heavy, rush-hour traffic, and showed complete disregard for the safety of other road users."

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