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Putting the brakes on motorcycle menaces

February 15, 2013, 2:37 pm

Police in Sunderland have launched a crack down on nuisance off-road motorbikes.

Neighbourhood Officers from the west of the city have launched Operation Balance to target and deter off-road bikes after concerns were raised by the community.

They will be issuing section 59 notices warning riders that if they continue to drive anti-socially or dangerously, their vehicle will be seized.

Officers will be working closely with partner agencies to gather information on who offenders are, while information received by the public will also be acted on.

Action will also be taken in relation to any driving offences committed by riders.

PC Graeme Simpson, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Barnes and Eden Vale, said: “This is an ongoing operation with us currently focussing our efforts on the South Hylton, Pennywell and Silksworth ski slope areas.

“However, any information we receive on nuisance bikers elsewhere will be acted on.

“We know this is an issue that causes concern in communities which is why we’ve launched Operation Balance.

“I’d ask members of the public to continue to give us any information so we can continue to target off-road bikes and improve residents’ quality of life.”

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Pickett added: “Motorcycle disorder not only causes a great annoyance to residents, disrupting their quality of life, but it can also can be extremely dangerous.

“While these bikes may look like fun, they are dangerous when used in areas where there are pedestrians – not only for members of the public, but for the riders also.

“We will not hesitate in uplifting vehicles that are being used in an anti-social manner.

“Appropriate action will also be taken against riders if their vehicle is being used illegally. Youngsters run the risk of having points added to their licence before they even apply for one.

“I hope residents are reassured by the action being carried out by neighbourhood officers to stop nuisance bikers in their tracks which will continue.”

People can contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team by calling 101, extension 69191 or via the Northumbria Police website,

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