MOTORCYCLE menaces in south east Northumberland are being targeted by police aiming to put the brakes on their nuisance behaviour.
Officers from the Cramlington neighbourhood policing team are working alongside staff at Homes for Northumberland to appeal for information on youngsters posing a risk to pedestrians by driving mini-moto or quad bikes dangerously or in an anti-social manner.
Patrols have also been stepped up to target the mini-moto menaces.
Notices are being issued to anyone found riding motorbikes carelessly warning them that they face having their vehicles seized.
One quad bike has already been confiscated by officers.
Sergeant Michael Aspey, of Cramlington police, said: “We know this issue causes concern in our communities, which is why we are actively targeting nuisance riders.
“While these bikes may look like fun, they are dangerous when used in areas where there are pedestrians, not only for members of the public but for the riders also.
“We will not hesitate in uplifting vehicles that are being used in an anti-social manner and will continue to increase patrols.
“Appropriate action will also be taken against riders if their vehicle is being used illegally.”
Colin Blackett, safer neighbourhoods manager at Homes for Northumberland, added: “Keeping our communities safe is a key priority for us, and this project enables both the police and us to work in tandem, targeting the people who are causing our community problems.
“Nuisance riders can cause a real concern for the local community, and we will take appropriate action against Northumberland County Council tenants involved in any anti-social activities.
“If anyone has any information on problem riders where they live, then contact the police or our team and we’ll do everything we can to stamp this issue out.”
Anyone able to help the police tackle the problem posed by mini-moto riders is asked to call them on 101 ext 69191.