29/09/2012 10:33 BST

UK Crime: Motorcyclist Fined For Speeding Past Horse At 104mph (PICTURES)

A motorcyclist who was caught travelling at 104 mph past a horse and rider showed shocking disregard for their safety, police have said.

James Wilkinson, 41 of Huntington, York, was captured on his Yamaha YZF R1 by a mobile safety camera on Escrick Road, Stillingfleet, North Yorkshire, in June.

North Yorkshire Police said Wilkinson was banned from driving for 70 days when he appeared at Selby Magistrates Court earlier this week.

He was also fined £360 and ordered to pay costs of £45 and a victim surcharge of £15.


James Wilkinson was caught on CCTV speeding past the horse and its rider

Traffic Constable Zoe Billings of North Yorkshire Police, said: "The disregard shown by Wilkinson for the safety of the horse and rider is shocking.

"The horse was clearly visible to him as he approached along the straight road. It was only because of the very good road sense of the animal that a serious incident was avoided.

"Wilkinson should think himself fortunate to have been facing a speeding charge and nothing more serious."