This was the reckless moment a biker was filmed tearing down a canal towpath in Stoke-on-Trent – despite the country being on lockdown.
Wayne Sadler recorded the footage on his mobile phone as he relaxed on his barge on the Trent and Mersey Canal close to Whieldon Road, Stoke, yesterday (April 21).
It shows the yob hitting speeds of around 30mph and appearing to do a wheelie before disappearing out of view.
Wayne, who runs the Barge-Inn Booze, said such incidents were a regular occurrence – and fears it’s only a matter of time before someone is injured or killed.
The 38-year-old added: “I was chilling on the boat when I heard it coming. I was looking at Facebook so had my phone in my hand so took a quick video.
“I’d say he was going at least 30mph. If I’d been on the towpath and he’d been coming towards me, I’d have kicked him in the canal.
“Not long before a man had gone past on his push bike with his little girl. This idiot could have easily killed her if he’d hit them. It doesn’t bear thinking about but a serious accident is only a matter of time.
“They are always up and down the towpath, all day long. I’ll sleep through anything but I don’t hear them at night.
“They’re a complete menace. We get mopeds, quad bikes and motorbikes. Half the time they aren’t wearing helmets and they absolutely fly down.
“The bikes are usually nicked as they don’t have any plates.
“We get them all year round but it’s been worse with the sunny weather. They come down from Stoke town centre and they go up towards the bet365 Stadium.
“You see the same ones coming back again so I don’t know if they’re picking stuff up or just being idiots.
“If they did have an accident it could lead to more pressure on the NHS at a time when it’s really not needed.”
Wayne, who lives on the canal at Etruria, runs the Barge-Inn Booze, a floating canalside pub at Dolphin Boats selling alcohol to Stoke City fans as they head to matches and at other events.
He stocks local beers from the likes of Titanic, Lymestone and micro breweries.
Wayne added: “I thought of the name first and it just went from there really. We’ve been going two years and it was fine up until coronavirus happened.
“We’ve got no football and no festivals so business isn’t great – I’m having to drink my way through the stock!”
Police have been cracking down on illegal motorbike riding during lockdown with a number of bikes being seized.
Travel is currently restricted to essential journeys only, but some members of the public continue to flout the restrictions.