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Bikers risk lives in dangerous game to beat A12 speed camera which caught one driver going 137mph

PUBLISHED: 09:10 07 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:52 07 April 2016

Road users on the A12 Eastern Avenue

Road users on the A12 Eastern Avenue

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Daredevil motorcyclists are risking lives on a notorious stretch of the A12 where a driver was clocked at 137mph last year, the fastest speed in London.

One resident described weekend evenings as being “like Silverstone” as over-revved vehicles speed past their homes in Eastern Avenue, Chadwell Heath, while another revealed it was not uncommon to see motorcyclists performing “wheelies” as they made their way down the dual-carriageway.

It is believed the bikers reach high speeds in an attempt to “beat” speed cameras along the 3.5 mile stretch of road.

London Fire Brigade’s Redbridge borough commander Steve Brown denounced the racers.

He said: “It’s a speed limit, not a target, and although the A12 is technically a dual carriageway there are a number of junctions and turnings connecting with it that motorists should be approaching with caution.”

“The emergency services are only human, and if they’re responding to an accident that’s a result of excessive speed then it’s going to have an affect on them, because it’s more likely to be fatal, and it’s made all the more tragic because it’s completely avoidable.”

This morning a pedestrian died near the A12 junction at Redbridge roundabout after being involved in a collision with a car. Enquiries are ongoing.

For the full report, see today’s Ilford Recorder.


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