Biker is traced after giving rude sign to camera

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AS PAUL Collins zoomed past the speed camera, he thought he could get away with flashing a rude gesture because his bike had no front number plate.

But his picture was circulated to local traffic police and two weeks later an officer recognised Collins’s distinctive JinLun Lexmoto 125cc bike back in the same area.

This time he was able to take down the registration from the back numberplate, and trace the owner.

And the 26-year-old, of Hillson Drive in Fareham, couldn’t believe it when police turned up on his doorstep to question him about it.

He told police that he thought he wouldn’t be caught when he stuck his middle finger up at the camera on October 5 last year because he didn’t have plates on the front.

The student at Southampton Solent University entered an earlier plea of guilty to speeding at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.

He was given five points for driving at 48mph along Maybray King Way in Bitterne, which has a 30mph limit and is one of the main routes into the city from the east.

Collins did not appear at the court for the sentencing hearing but was also found guilty of driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

The charge applied because Collins held a provisional licence but was not displaying learner plates as is required by the law.

As well as the points on his licence, he was fined £60 for each offence and ordered to pay £35 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

In a statement read out at court, Collins said the motorcycle was his main means of getting to and from his place of study as well as his job at a local theatre.

PC Mick Gear, Bikesafe co-ordinator for the safer roads partnership, said Collins told officers he thought he could get away with the offence.

‘When we visited him at home, the rider admitted the offence, telling us his mates told him he wouldn’t get caught,’ said PC Gear.

‘This is a lesson to all irresponsible motorcyclists that we will seek to prosecute anyone caught speeding through these areas.

‘Collins did so knowingly and his arrogance was plain to see from the enforcement image. I hope this will encourage other riders to be more responsible.’