Tackling motorbike ASB in Gateshead

17 Mar 2016 08:31 AM

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Police in Gateshead are looking to get a handle on off-road motorbike disorder in the area.

Since January officers from the Gateshead Outer West Neighbourhood Policing Team have had more than 30 calls about people riding off-road motorbikes in the Ryton and Crawcrook areas.

They are causing damage to the local area, disturbing local people and are putting themselves and other members of the public in danger.

Officers have been taking action by carrying out extra patrols in the areas where there have been problems, however by the time the incident is reported to police the offenders have often made off.

One rider (a 16-year-old male) was caught in January and had his bike seized by officers. He will appear in court this week charged with dangerous driving offences.

Police are warning other offenders that they face the same action if caught.

Neighbourhood Inspector Cheryl Warcup said: "Motorbikes being used dangerously and anti-socially are a real concern for us and for our local communities. They tear up land and damage public spaces, the noise they make is horrendous and they are being ridden at all hours. But the most important issue is one of safety. These riders are often amateurs who aren't insured or wearing the correct safety equipment, they could seriously injure themselves or members of the public and we won't stand by and allow this to happen.

"Residents in Ryton and Crawcrook can be reassured that we are focusing on this issue and have plans in place to tackle it. Anyone caught riding anti-socially or illegally will be stopped and arrested. They face having their motorbikes seized from them and they could face being put in front of the courts. We are taking a hard line on this and we really want local residents to help and support us with the operation."

Officers want residents in Ryton and Crawcrook to contact the police as and when they see incidents happening.

Members of the public are asked to take down details such as where and when the bikes are being ridden and any descriptions they can of riders and motorbikes.

This information can then be passed onto officers, anonymously if preferred, by ringing 101 and asking to speak to Gateshead Outer West Neighbourhood Policing Team.

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