Man jailed after crash with alleged motorcycle riding burglars

A man from Leighton Buzzard has been jailed for 22 months, for confronting and chasing down two alleged burglars who he thought were trying to steal his motorcycle


A man was arrested and charged after chasing two other men on a motorcycle after he saw them breaking into his house. At the time he had a motorcycle for sale on social media, leading to believe they were there to take it. His wife and children were also in the house.

Adam White allegedly saw the two men breaking into his home before getting into his car and chasing after them as they fled on motorcycles. 

White, 34, was driving a large SUV in pursuit of the pair, hitting the bike they had fled on as they made off from the scene. The bike later turned out to have been stolen from South London prior to the incident, although it was White who was arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm (GBH). The two men - Taylor Benford and Ryan Paul, both 25 - were taken to hospital for treatment for injuries sustained in the crash, including what was described as “a suspected serious head injury,” by the narration of an episode of Channel 4’s 24 Hours in Police Custody in which the incident was featured.

Man jailed after crash with alleged motorcycle riding burglars

The programme showed police body camera footage of White after the crash had taken place explaining what had happened to an officer. 

“I heard some noises, they’re breaking into our house - we’ve got them on camera,” White said. As the chase reached its conclusion, “I’ve come round [this corner], I didn’t realise how sharp the corner was, I’ve hit [...] their motorbike [...] with my car,” he continued. 

What the programme did not show was that the two men attempting to break into White’s house were given suspended sentences and 200 hours of community service, while White himself was sentenced to 22 months in prison, according to the Metro. 

The sentencing for Benford and Paul was based on convictions of attempted burglary. The two had tried to break into White’s home with a crowbar and bolt cutters. White’s wife and two children were also in the house at the time of the attempted burglary.