Nottingham, England - Adam Campion of Hucknall in Nottinghamshire has given entirely new meaning to the term ‘Ride it like you stole it’, with a handheld cellphone video showing the instrument panel of the stolen Yamaha R1 he was riding, with the speedometer showing 189.
That’s 189 miles per hour, sports fans; Campion was filming himself riding one-handed at just over 300km/h. And it was that video that ultimately put him away. Here’s how the Nottinghamshire police did it:
Almost two years ago, in late September 2016, Notts cops were searching an abandoned car in Orchard Court, Hucknall, when they found a number plate in the boot that belonged to a stolen motorcycle. Further enquiries linked the car - and thus the stolen bike - to Campion, 26, enabling the police to obtain a search warrant and raid Campion’s home.
There they found a laptop with hundreds of pictures and videos of people hooning on bikes on the public roads - speeding, pulling huge wheelies, riding through red lights, slicing dangerously through the traffic and even riding on the wrong side of the road.
Forensic investigators went through hours of video footage, identifying the bikes being ridden and linking them to footage and still images showing the riders - and then they used facial recognition software to positively identify Campion in at least five video clips, including the 300km/h selfie, even though he was wearing a helmet in some of the shots.