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Bike crushed as police take action against troublesome teens

March 4, 2013, 4:31 pm

Troublesome teens have had their bike crushed after local residents complained of tireless anti-social behaviour at Dudley nature reserve.

Officers from the Castle and Priory neighbourhood policing team received complaints from people living close to the Wrens Nest Nature Reserve about youngsters joy riding.

Brierley Hill scrap metal company, Masons, have worked alongside local police to crush a mini-moto seized from a group of teenagers, aged between 15 − 17 years-old, who were driving the bike illegally and being a continual nuisance to visitors and park wardens at the Wrens Nest Reserve.

The bike was seized on Tuesday 19 February after officers from the Castle and Priory team were on patrol in the area and received a call from the park wardens to say that there were a group of youngsters taking it in turns to ride the bike over the reserve.

Following on from residents raising their concerns at neighbourhood meetings, officers have stepped up patrols in the area and are using the powers they have to stop riders and, following a warning, seize the vehicle if they continue to use it anti-socially.

PC Ian Priest, based at Dudley police station, said: “We are taking a no-tolerance approach to people riding off road bikes illegally which, in turn, causes anti-social behaviour and affects the quality of life for residents.

“In this instance it was the mother of one of the lads who made the teen hand it over to us. The bike was then taken to Masons Metals where they crushed it. This is a hard hitting message to those off road bike owners that dont obey the law.”

Dudley police urge local people who are affected by the nuisance of off road bikers to pass on information to us so we can continue to address the problem and reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.

Reminder of the law relating to the use of mini motos:

  • Off-road motorbikes and mini-motos can only legally be ridden on private land with the landowners permission
  • It is illegal to ride off-road motorbikes and mini-motos in public places, parks or open spaces
  • It is illegal to ride them on the road unless they are taxed and insured
  • Police will seize and crush any off-road motorbikes and mini-motos being driven illegally
  • Offenders may be taken to court, fined and possibly banned from driving
  • Suspected offenders will be left out of pocket when their bike is taken away and destroyed
  • Possible eviction proceedings will be taken against those who use and store off-road bikes in breach of their rented tenancy agreement.

Anyone with information should call Dudley Police on 101. Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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