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Two brothers who tried to flee from police on a pair of stolen motorbikes have been sentenced.
Josh and Mark Bowler were tracked down shortly after they swiped a bike from outside a shop in Sherwood.
Officers were already out investigating a string of thefts in Lenton when a call came in about the latest incident on 8 February 2023.
After tracing the stolen motorbike’s location to near Broxtowe Country Park, police made their way there and spotted two riders.
A quick look at the system then revealed both bikes in their sights had been stolen – with the other taken from Bestwood on 14 January 2023.
Mark Bowler was behind that theft, with brother Josh, 21, taking the other motorbike from Sherwood on 8 February.
After being spotted on the A610, Broxtowe, the Bowlers sped away from officers in the direction of Low Wood Road, Bulwell.
Both then continued to ride the bikes in a dangerous manner – travelling on the wrong side of the road towards oncoming traffic.
This carried on for a short while until Josh Bowler abandoned his bike and tried to jump onto the back of the motorcycle his brother was riding.
Officers from the road crime team caught up with them before this could happen however, with low-speed tactical contact being made to bring it to a safe stop.
Both thieves were sent tumbling onto the grass at the side of the road as a result, before getting up and trying to make a run for it.
Mark Bowler didn’t get far before he was detained by officers, with the 19-year-old completing a roadside drugs wipe that showed traces of cannabis.
Josh Bowler was also tracked down and detained soon after, when footage of the stop identified him as being the other person involved.
Both brothers each pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, theft of a motor vehicle, and driving without insurance.
Mark was additionally charged with handling stolen goods and drug-driving, while Josh was also charged with driving without a valid licence.
Both admitted to these additional charges.
Josh Bowler, of Lydia Gardens, Eastwood, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Friday (5 January).
He was sentenced to 15 months in prison, suspended for two years.
Bowler was also banned from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 12 months and ordered to complete 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
Mark Bowler, of Gladstone Street, Heanor, appeared at the same court for sentencing months earlier on 29 September 2023.
He was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work and 11 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
Bowler was also disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 12 months.
Inspector Declan Bourne, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The level of riding demonstrated by both Bowler brothers was incredibly dangerous and put other road users at risk.
“It is only thanks to some luck and the skilled driving of the officers in pursuit that there weren't any injuries – including to both riders – during this incident.
“To make matters worse, both of the motorbikes they were riding at the time weren’t theirs and had in fact been stolen by them from the real owners.
“Thefts of this nature can be hugely distressing for the people who lose out and can have a real impact on them – both emotionally and financially.
“We’re pleased to see that Josh and Mark Bowler have now appeared in court to be sentenced after owning up to what they did.”
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