Police to put brakes on nuisance bikers
POLICE in Essex have sent out a warning to youngsters misbehaving on motorbikes in a bid to end the havoc they cause for residents.Out-of-control bikers in Frinton and Walton are being targeted in the crackdown, and offenders face getting points on their licence as well as prosecutions.
POLICE in Essex have sent out a warning to youngsters misbehaving on motorbikes in a bid to end the havoc they cause for residents.
Out-of-control bikers in Frinton and Walton are being targeted in the crackdown, and offenders face getting points on their licence as well as prosecutions.
Last weekend, officers seized a motorbike from a youth for “poor rider behaviour” and the offender will now have to pay a £120 fine to get it back.
Sergeant John Scott, of the Walton neighbourhood policing team, said: “We are trying to educate local youths on poor motorcycle behaviour and if they don't cooperate then we will be robust in obtaining prosecutions against them.
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“Their behaviour is unfair on the rest of the community and it will not be tolerated any more.”
Some youths with mopeds and only provisional licences are suspected by police of “de-restricting” their bikes and fitting them with noisy and illegal off-road exhausts.
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Officers have been taking the details of youths caught misbehaving and passing them on to the anti-social behaviour team at Tendring crime and disorder reduction partnership.
Letters have then been sent to parents let them know what their children were up to.
However, not all young motorcyclists are seen as troublemakers.
Tendring Technology College students Adam Dennington and Matt Thompson have welcomed the police operation.
The 16-year-olds, both from Kirby, have been given road safety information and have established a good rapport with local Police Community Support Officers.
Matt said: “This does make us think more. I understand it can be intimidating when there are big groups of people and I would probably get upset if that was me.”
Residents have been urged to always record the vehicle index, time, date, location and details of a complaint when reporting instances of motorbike misuse to the anti-social behaviour hotline on 0845 605 2222.