Essex

M11 motorcyclist Paul Roberts banned for riding at 148mph

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Media captionPaul Roberts' top speed is believed to be the highest ever recorded in the UK by a rider carrying a pillion passenger

A motorcyclist who was caught riding at 148mph has avoided a prison term.

Paul Roberts, from Harlow, was recorded riding his Kawasaki at over twice the speed limit on the M11 in September.

Footage shows Roberts, who was carrying a pillion passenger, weaving in and out of traffic in manoeuvres police said were "beyond comprehension".

He admitted dangerous driving, but said a jail term would harm his business and put jobs at risk. He was banned from driving for 15 months.

The father of two, of Malkin Drive Lane, was also given 120 hours of community service.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard Roberts was filmed by an Essex Police motorcyclist as he joined the M11 at Hastingwood and headed south.

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Image caption Paul Roberts was caught weaving in and out of traffic on all three lanes of the M11
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Image caption A police motorbike camera clocked Paul Roberts travelling at 148mph (238km/h)

He was eventually stopped near Chigwell.

After sentencing, Sgt Nick Edwards said the speeds Roberts was driving at were for "racetracks not public roads".

"The levels of harm to which Paul Roberts subjected himself, his pillion passenger, the public and my officer are just beyond comprehension," he said.

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