Stolen bike recovered and returned to owner thanks to work of neighbourhood cops
03 Aug 2018 09:40 AM[View Full Size]
A motorcycle that was stolen from a garage by thieves has been returned to its owner - after intervention by local police.
In recent weeks, neighbourhood officers in the Kenton and Cowgate area received a number of complaints about teenagers illegally riding motorcycles.
A patrol plan was introduced to clampdown on the anti-social behaviour, identify those responsible and speak to local residents.
They were able to gather enough intelligence to identify an address on the Kenton Bar Estate that had been linked to the illegal riding.
On Monday morning they swooped on the property on Mallowburn Crescent and seized a motorcycle in the rear garden that was linked to the disorder.
Police checks later found that the bike had also been reported as being stolen from a property in Byker in the days before.
Now, officers have returned the motorcycle to its rightful owner and are working with the local authority to take action against the person responsible.
Temporary Sergeant Graham Yare, of the North West Neighbourhood Policing Team, described the action as a "statement of intent".
He said "We had numerous complaints relating to illegal motorcycle riding in the Kenton and Cowgate area which had caused residents in the area a lot of distress.
"Not only is it intimidating for people to ride these bikes in pedestrianised areas but the noise can also have a negative impact on the local community.
"We have been carrying out a lot of work to identify those responsible for this persistent behaviour and last week were able to identify an address linked to the disorder.
"It is always satisfying to be able to return stolen property to its rightful owner and they were very happy to see their bike again.
"This was a big win for the team giving not only satisfaction for the victim but it was also a statement of intent from the policing team.
"We will now be working in conjunction with Your Homes Newcastle to establish whether it will be appropriate to take tenancy enforcement action against those residing in that property."
Police have the power to seize vehicles they believe to be used in a manner causing alarm, distress or annoyance or if they are used off-road.
Anyone who has concerns about this type of behaviour, or has information about those involved in motorcycle disorder, is encouraged to contact police.
Officers are particularly keen to speak to any members of the public who can identify where nuisance bikes are being stored.
You can contact police on 101, online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.