Police seize quad bike as crackdown continues


POLICE fighting the growing problem of off-road motorbikes in Newsham have sized a quad bike as part of a crackdown.

Officers stepped up patrols after receiving an increasing number of reports of quads and off road motorbikes being ridden dangerously in the area.

The bikes not only cause a nuisance to residents but are a danger to other road users and riders are putting themselves in danger by driving dangerously and not wearing safety equipment.

Officers recently removed a quad bike from a youth after he was seen by members of the public riding dangerously in the street. He was tracked down and the quad bike was seized under police powers.

Blyth Sergeant Garry Neill said: “Illegal and dangerous driving will not be tolerated in Blyth and to combat it we have stepped up patrols in the areas where it is happening.

“We are taking positive action like seizing bikes and quads from those responsible and we will continue to take a hard line against those caught until it stops.

“We are getting really detailed descriptions and information from members of the public and I’d ask that this continues.

“If anyone sees people riding motorbikes or quads off road or dangerously then ring us and we’ll take action.”

To report an incident, call 101 ext 69191.