Police putting the brakes on bike disorder

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Motorcycle disorder is being targeted by police in part of south east Northumberland as part of an anti-social behaviour (ASB) campaign.

Morpeth neighbourhood policing team has been working to reduce motorbike related problems in Widdrington, Druridge Bay and Cresswell.

The team receives seasonal reports of youths riding motorbikes on farm land in the area close to the old Brick Works at Widdrington and along the sand dunes.

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Simpson said: “While most reports we’ve received have been made at weekends, we’ve started to see daily reports during the summer holidays from both local farmers and community members.

“To help prevent this motorbike ASB, we’ve put signs up in the locations and areas mostly targeted by the riders, with warnings of the penalties of illegally using open spaces and public rights of way.

“We’ve also distributed leaflets in the local area with these warnings and asking people to report any motorbike ASB.

“Despite the warm dry summer we’ve had so far, the leaflets and signs have had a positive impact and the ASB reports along the coastline have significantly dropped to single figures.”