Anti-social bikers are the target

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BIKES are being seized as police kick-start action to resolve problems with off-road motorbikes.

Following an increase in calls relating to the anti-social use of bikes in parts of Bedlington, officers in the neighbourhood policing team are taking action.

Extra police patrols have been carried out in the problem areas, with officers using intelligence gathered from calls made by residents, especially regarding descriptions of individual motorbikes or riders, to assist in identifying users.

Last week officers used legal powers to seize a motorbike in the Choppington area after members of the public identified it as being ridden carelessly on previous occasions, with the owner being warned.

The owner will now have to pay a considerable sum to recover the bike.

If they choose not to pay the removal and storage fees, the bike will be disposed of.

Bedlington Neighbourhood Inspector Sandra Davies said: “Off-road motorcycle disorder is a concern for many of our residents in Bedlington.

“We deal robustly with reports of motorcycle disorder and officers have been fully briefed in the powers given to them under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act to uplift and size any problem vehicles in the area.

“It is vital the public continue to report illegal and nuisance motorbike riding, even anonymously, providing as much information as possible in terms of the bike and the riders involved.

“Their information can lead to us coming out, taking action, and stopping the problems that illegal motorbike riders cause in our communities.

“We plan to continue action throughout summer with extra high profile patrols in the most troublesome areas and we need the local resident’s continued support.”

To report motorbike related anti-social behaviour in Bedlington, contact the neighbourhood policing team on 03456 043043 ext 69191.