Two teenagers to appear in court in crackdown on motorcycle disorder
29 Aug 2018 15:30 PM[View Full Size]
Two teenagers are set to appear in court after being charged as part of an investigation into motorcycle disorder across Newcastle.
Neighbourhood officers in the city launched an investigation after a raft of complaints from residents about anti-social behaviour.
It was reported that teenagers had been stealing 125cc motorcycles and driving them at high speeds in pedestrian areas and on local fields.
Not only was the behaviour very intimidating for members of the public but the noise was tormenting residents across the city.
An investigation was launched to identify those responsible and soon officers had identified three teenage boys as primary suspects.
They were arrested and two of the boys have now been charged with offences related to motorcycle disorder - including driving without a helmet.
The 15-year-old and 13-year-old are now set to appear in court after being released on bail with strict curfews preventing them from entering areas where disorder has taken place.
Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Duncan, who covers north of the city, said police recognise the impact these types of offences can have on the local community.
He said: "This type of behaviour can make the lives of residents a living nightmare as they have to live with noisy motorcycles tearing around their neighbourhood.
"For some more vulnerable residents this can make them feel too scared to even leave their homes and this is not something we think is acceptable.
"Sometimes it can be difficult to identify those involved in this type of behaviour and we rely on intelligence from members of the community who know the people involved.
"However, these charges show we will take action to put suspects before the courts and that should act as a detriment to offenders.
"That could be driving a motorcycle without a helmet or an offence like being a passenger or a motorcycle that you know has been stolen.
"If you can assist us in identifying teenagers involved in motorcycle disorder then we would ask that you do the right thing and get in touch."
The 13-year-old boy has been charged with theft of a motorcycle, driving otherwise in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance and driving without protective headwear. He will appear before North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court next month.
The 15-year-old boy has been charged with being carried on the back of a stolen motorcycle and driving without protective headwear. He will appear before North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court next month.
A 15-year-old boy arrested for driving otherwise in accordance with a licence, driving without insurance and driving without protective headwear has been released on bail.
Anyone who wants to report motorcycle disorder, or knows the identity of those involved in behaviour of this nature, is encouraged to contact police on 101 or online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact.