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Biker's 147mph video is condemned

The biker's camera gave viewers a rider's eye view of the road
The video, which was posted on YouTube, has been taken down

Road safety campaigners have condemned a motorcyclist who videoed himself travelling at 147mph and then posted the film on a popular website.

The video shows the biker speeding on the A27 between Shoreham, West Sussex, and Lewes, East Sussex, to the sound of an explicit rock song.

The bike weaves between vehicles and almost crashes into a car, with the speedometer visible throughout.

Sussex Police said that they were actively pursuing the matter.

Brigitte Chaudhry, founder of road safety charity Roadpeace, described the biker's behaviour as "idiotic".

It is a ludicrous piece of riding on a busy main road
Sgt Paul Masterson

"This video is not only irresponsible to other road users, but also highly stupid, and basically amounts to the person trying to commit suicide," she said.

The video, which was posted on YouTube, has been taken down by the site's owners.

A spokesman for YouTube said: "When people see content on YouTube that they think is inappropriate they can flag it and our staff then review it. If content breaks our terms then we remove it, and if a user repeatedly breaks the rules we disable their account.

"If the police ask us for information, we will cooperate, so long as they follow the correct legal process that the government has introduced," he continued.

Sgt Paul Masterson, of Sussex Police's road policing unit, said they were treating the incident very seriously.

"We are hoping to identify this rider because it is a ludicrous piece of riding on a busy main road."




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