A JOINT operation is being run this weekend to combat problems caused by motorists in Alcester, Bidford and Salford Priors.

Specialist units involving motorcycle police, speed enforcement officers and the Operational Patrol Unit team will be involved in the initiative which is being carried out on Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20 of Easter weekend, and will continue over the spring and summer months around other operational commitments.

The aim of the initiative is to provide a highly visible deterrent to speeding motorists and motorcyclists as well as cracking down on inappropriate riding and nuisance offences such as noise. Activity will focus on Kinwarton Road in Alcester, Tower Hill in Bidford and the B4088 in Salford Priors.

Sergeant Stuart Allen from the Operational Policing Unit at Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police said: “In the spring and summer, particularly on nice weekends, these three locations in South Warwickshire are always busy with bikers testing their skills and often racing up and down.

“There is an obvious road safety issue here which needs to be addressed for the safety of all road users and that’s why we are launching this operation.

"This action is also being taken in support of people living around the areas who have complained through their safer neighbourhood team or parish council about the noise and high speeds of the machines involved.

“We intend to continue with this initiative until the message gets through to the minority of motorists causing the problems that their activities will not be tolerated.”

Bikers are also invited to brush up on their skills or gain more confidence on their bike by taking advantage of a motorcycle skills course.

Those living in Warwickshire can visit warwickshire.gov.uk/motorbiketraining for more information and those in Worcestershire can find out more about the Take Control course at rmtnet.co.uk/take-control.