Man banned from driving for six months after he was caught speeding at more than 130mph on the A140

A motorcyclist who was caught speeding at more than 130mph on the A140 in Norfolk has been banned after being branded a “fool” by magistrates.

Pawel Lewinski, 36, set off a speed camera while riding his Kawasaki motorbike at 132mph on the A140 at Scole - where the speed limit is 70mph.

Mr Lewinski, of Wordsworth Road, Diss, appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court today for a disqualification to be considered after he admitted the offence, which happened on August 18 last year, at a previous hearing.

Lewinski, who represented himself in court, said he was “sorry” but did not ride the bike very often, adding it was “so easy” to speed on a bike.

He said: “I just sat on the bike and pulled the throttle.”


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The defendant, who also admitted an offence of driving while otherwise in accordance with a licence, said he worked in engineering and needed his licence to drive to work.

Disqualifying him from driving for six months, chairman of the bench of magistrates said. “You have been a fool to say the least and this speed is wholly unacceptable.

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“You’ve indicated that you don’t ride the bike very often, you opened the throttle and it goes. 132mph is wholly unacceptable on any road in any part of this country.

“It might be acceptable on German autobahns but is certainly not acceptable in this country.”

He was also fined £320, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

Before he left court, Lewinski, a Polish national, asked magistrates if he could drive abroad.

He was told he was banned and the authorities overseas would likely be informed.

The case comes just days after a motorcyclist with 46 points on his licence was stopped after travelling at 110mph on the A47.

The rider was first spotted by police travelling at excess speed on the A47 at Trowse.

Officers found that the rider, who was carrying a passenger, also had no insurance or tax, and that their MOT ran out in 2008.

On further inspection, the bike’s rear tyre was found to be defective, there were cables preventing steering and the speedo was dangling at the wheel.

In January this year Simon Anthony was banned from driving for a year after he was caught riding his BMW bike at 160mph on the A47 at Thorney on August 14 last year.

Anthony, 57, of Orchard Mews, Woodston, Peterborough, was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and fined £400 when he appeared at Cambridge Crown Court for sentence.

And in November last year Simon Hackett, 45, was banned for 60 days after he admitted riding his Honda CBR motorbike at 142mph on the A47 at Terrington St John.

Hackett, of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, was also fined £250 and ordered to pay £85 costs following the incident in August last year.

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