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Police issue Margate Meltdown speeding biker warning

Biker clocked riding at 140 mph

Footage of a motorcyclist being caught riding at 140mph has been released as a warning to bikers ahead of the Margate Meltdown event.

More than 30,000 motorcyclists are expected to visit the town over the Bank Holiday for a series of events and to raise money for charity.

Kent Police said it was using the opportunity to press home its road safety message.

The force uses unmarked bikes fitted with video cameras to catch offenders.

The patrols have helped to obtain an almost 100% conviction rate.

'Irresponsible minority'

In one incident, a 37-year-old man was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and disqualified for 12 months after he was caught riding up to 140 mph on a sports bike on the A229 at Bluebell Hill, Maidstone, in May 2009, Kent Police said.

Ch Insp Andy Reeves, added: "The unmarked bikes are a significant asset in our drive to tackle dangerous and antisocial use of vehicles, as can be seen from the consistent successful outcomes we see at court.

"I would like to reassure all those that use the roads responsibly that our unmarked bikes and cars are there for their safety, and they have nothing to fear from them.

"Meantime, I would urge those motorists who think it acceptable to drive or ride in a dangerous or antisocial manner to think about the consequences of their actions.

"As has been seen, we will proactively target the irresponsible minority on the roads, and the courts take such matters very seriously."

Margate Meltdown draws thousands to the seaside for a day of live music, trade stands and fund-raising entertainment.

Organisers have appealed for "as many people as possible" to turn up.

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