TWO POLICE officers were caught in an East Riding blitz on speeding motorcyclists doing 84mph on a trip to the seaside.
PC Thomas Holiday, 27, on his Triumph 650 was following PC Paul McGuigan, 45, on his Honda 1000 when they were recorded for 1.1 miles on the A166 west of Garrowby Hill – their average speed in a 60mph zone was 84mph, 40% above the legal limit.
The speed trap was part of a joint Humberside and North Yorkshire Police Bank Holiday operation, code-named Achilles, designed to crack down on speeding bikers on country lanes.
The off-duty West Yorkshire Police told the Humberside Police officer who stopped them, PC Vincent Worrell, they were on their way to Bridlington and both were told the crackdown offered the choice of a £90 rider referral courses as a direct alternative to a fixed fine, a court summons or penalty points on their licence.
PC Worrell said he had seen other vehicles they overtook kicking up dust on the edge of the road as they made room for the speeding off-duty police to fly past.
PC Holiday, a police off-road motorcyclist of South Milford, near York, took the course but PC McGuigan of Allen Croft, Birkenshaw, Bradford, wanted his day in court, refusing to believe he was doing 84mph.
It emerged that it was PC Holiday’s bike that was timed and the only evidence against PC McGuigan was the officer saying there was only a “few bike lengths” between them.
PC McGuigan told an appeal against a conviction hearing at Hull Crown Court: “When he said I had forced a vehicle over kicking up dust, I was flabbergasted.
“The police officer said he had recorded Tom at 84mph. He said I had done the same. I had no idea I had been speeding.”
He admitted he was caught speeding in 2010 and 1998 and had three points on his licence but said when he told West Yorkshire Police of his latest speeding offence he was told there would be no further action regardless of a court case.
He admitted that only after talking to PC Holiday, who said he had caught him up, did he decide the officer could not have seen them both.
He was initially found guilty at Bridlington Magistrates’ Court of speeding and given four points, a £300 fine and order to pay £300 costs and £15 surcharge.
Sitting with two magistrates, Judge David Tremberg told the appeal hearing there was no mistake that the pair were speeding.
He said: “We are satisfied so that we are sure that PC Worrell’s evidence was accurate, honest and reliable.
“The purpose of the visit to the A166 was to do the job he did.
“We are satisfied so that we are sure there was nothing between PC Holiday on the yellow motorbike and PC McGuigan on the black motorbike and that when he commenced the speed estimate both motorcyclists were in view.
“Mr Worrell has not made a mistake when he has calculated Mr Holiday at 84mph and we are satisfied so that we are sure that applies to Mr McGuigan.”
PC McGuigan, who works as a neighbourhood beat officer, has been left with a hefty legal bill.
As well as his initial points, fine and costs, Judge Tremberg ordered he should pay a further £415 costs to the Crown Court.