TikTok motorbike yob from Darlington Kane Tilney is jailed after police use his boastful videos as evidence
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A TikTok yob who boasted about his reckless bike stunts was nailed by cops after he posted a “treasure trove” of incriminating evidence online.
Kane Tilney, 23, regularly hurtled around Darlington on his motorbike and filmed his exploits which he posted on social media. The clips showed Tilney riding on pavements, on the wrong side of the road and without a helmet.
Durham Constabulary were able to use the “treasure trove” of videos to charge him with 20 offences including dangerous driving. Tilney, of Darlington, was was also charged with assaulting an emergency worker and using threatening and abusive words or behaviour.
He admitted the offences at Teesside Crown Court on November 10, where he was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 24 months. He was also disqualified from driving for two years, must complete 200 hours of unpaid work, and pay £100 compensation.
In a video released by police, an officer is seen arresting Tilney in the street. Inspector Matt Plumb, from Darlington Neighbourhood Police Team, said: “Tilney is a prolific offender who has plagued the streets of Darlington with his dangerous and illegal riding.
“By filming himself committing these offences and uploading them to TikTok, he clearly thought he was above the law and could do what he liked – but it ultimately led to his downfall. PC Paul Foley from the town team invested a significant amount of time and investigative effort to gather extensive evidence to charge Tilney with these offences and put him before the courts, where he had no choice but to plead guilty.
“We understand and share the community’s frustrations with these riders who terrorise communities with their brazen disregard for the law, and for their fellow road users or pedestrians. I hope this result shows that we will not tolerate this type of offending and will do everything we can to tackle these people and bring a stop to their offending. If you have any information on nuisance bikers in your area then let us know – we will take action.”