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Prison for speeding V-sign biker

Patrick Sheehan-Dinler (pic South Beds News Agency)
Patrick Sheehan-Dinler owned seven high-speed motorbikes

A motorcyclist who stuck two fingers up at a speed camera as he raced at up to three times the limit has been jailed.

Patrick Sheehan-Dinler, 29, of Hertfordshire, was initially given a six month sentence suspended for 18 months, at Luton Crown Court in March.

But Sheehan-Dinler, of Aycliffe Road, Borehamwood, has now been jailed for six months after an appeal against his sentence at the Court of Appeal.

The camera caught him speeding 65 times at up to 88mph in a 30mph zone.

He was also been banned from driving for a year.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said: "We are pleased with the sentence imposed by the Court of Appeal and feel that it now reflects the nature of his offending and offers protection to other road users."

'What arrogance'

Luton Crown Court had previously heard how Sheehan-Dinler owned seven high-powered bikes which he would ride up and down the A5183 Elstree Road.

The bikes were registered at his address under different names, so officers were unable to link Sheehan-Dinler to them.

But officers managed to trace Sheehan-Dinler by finding the new owners of the bikes after he sold them. They also found his usernames and details on the website eBay, which he had used to sell his biking leathers.

Judge Barbara Mensah said at the original trial: "The particularly aggravating feature was that these offences were committed over a long period of time and the underlying driving was very serious.

"Another aggravating feature is, what arrogance. The arrogance exemplified by your hand gestures to the camera as you sped past it."

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