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Police seize two motorbikes following complaints
5:34pm Sunday 11th August 2013 in News
TWO motorbikes have been seized in Redditch by police who are cracking down following complaints about the illegal use of off-road scramblers, mini motos and quad bikes.
One of the bikes, a mini moto, was seized within the past fortnight in Lowlands Lane, Winyates, after a Police Community Support Officer caught two youths using it without insurance.
Police are stressing that they need residents to phone them with the names of those using the bikes so that they can deal with the problem.
They will be following up on information received so far, some of it concerning illegal use of motorbikes in Church Hill, and taking appropriate action.
This may include issuing Section 59 warning notices to riders who are caught driving in a careless or inconsiderate manner and are causing or likely to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public. If the warning, which applies to the rider and the machine, is ignored police can then seize the bike.
Safer Neighbourhood Officer for Batchley and Brockhill, PC Gemma Cashion, said that the problems caused by off-road machines were widespread In Redditch and had got worse since the start of the school holidays.
She said: “We are having issues with off-road, scrambler style bikes and quad bikes racing around residential areas, parks and woodland. There have been near misses with walkers on occasions. The riders are mainly youths who don’t always wear helmets, which is obviously dangerous in itself.
“By the time we are called to a scene the bikes have often disappeared or are ridden off over rough ground or into woodland where a patrol car cannot follow. Bearing in mind most of these bikes do not have VRMs we need people to come forward with the names of those involved.
“Some residents may be reluctant to give the name of someone living close to them but if they would prefer to do so anonymously they can always phone the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
PC Cashion said police understood all too well the nuisance caused by such bikes and were not prepared to tolerate them being ridden in an antisocial or dangerous way.
“We would remind parents and children that it is illegal to ride mini motos, mopeds, motorised scooters or quad bikes on footpaths or pavements, in play areas or parks or on other council land with public access. To be ridden on the road, such machines would need to be DVLA registered, road taxed and have a valid MOT. They would also need a number plate with lights.
“The rider must also be aged 17 or over, hold a valid driving licence, wear a helmet and have the necessary insurance to ride on the road.
“If these conditions are not met, the bikes can only be ridden on privately owned land and then only with the landowner’s permission.”
PC Cashion also warned that in addition to having their bike seized, anyone caught riding illegally could be faced with a substantial recovery fee and daily storage charges.
In the past motorbikes seized by the police have been crushed if they have been used anti-socially.
PC Cashion added: “Legislation is designed to protect the public and the riders themselves from harm and we hope that anyone with such a machine will take note and use their bike safely and legally. We will not hesitate to use the powers available to us to charge anyone who persists in riding them illegally and where appropriate to seize and crush their bikes.”
Riders should always ensure they use the correct safety equipment – including a helmet – at all times.
Police are encouraging anyone with information about those using off-road bikes illegally or dangerously in Redditch to call them on the non-emergency number 101.
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