Pc tells of stolen bike horror

A POLICE officer told today of the moment he had to jump out of the way as a stolen motorcycle with two teenagers on board was driven towards him at speed.

A POLICE officer told today of the moment he had to jump out of the way as a stolen motorcycle with two teenagers on board was driven towards him at speed.

Officers followed the motorbike but it failed to negotiate a bend and crashed through a wall.

Both the rider and the pillion passenger were taken to Ipswich Hospital - the rider with a cut to his leg and a fracture to his knee and the passenger with cuts and grazes.

Pc Chris Squirrell said he had been carrying out routine speed checks near America Hill at Witnesham - following complaints from residents about speeding vehicles in the area.


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He said: “I was just issuing a ticket to a motorist when the bike caught my attention further up the road - he was crossing the centre line of the road and weaving a bit.

“I put my hand up to try to stop him and initially he slowed down, but then he accelerated towards me and I had to leap out of the way. It was fairly close.”

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The motorcycle involved in the incident was found to have been stolen from Otley College and both the 16-year-old rider and 17-year-old passenger, both from Essex and who cannot be named for legal reasons, were subsequently arrested.

The 16-year-old boy was charged with aggravated taking of a vehicle, failing to stop when required by a police officer, having no licence and no insurance. He was given a referral order for ten months, disqualified from driving for a year, and ordered to pay compensation of �100 each for the damage to the wall and the bike following the incident on April 22.

After further investigations the 17-year-old was given a warning this week for his part in the incident, allowing himself to be carried on a stolen motorcycle.

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