Putting stop to the bikers

Two of the motorbikes seized by police.
Two of the motorbikes seized by police.

Officers are tackling motorcycle disorder in Bedlington after an increase in reports about bikes causing a nuisance.

There has been an increase in reports of motorcycle disorder in the Hartlands, Beatty Road, Furnace Bank, Gallagher Park and Kinds Road areas of the town, where bikes are being ridden in dangerous places, often late at night, and are causing damage to public and private property.

The neighbourhood policing team launched an operation aimed at identifying those responsible for causing the problems and putting a stop to them. In June and July, officers seized two bikes.

Bedlington neighbourhood Sergeant Mick Kelliher said: “We need the public to ring us about any motorcycle disorder they see.

“Report it straight away when it’s happening and tell us where it’s taking place, that way we can respond and take action.”

“It’s extremely dangerous; the riders are putting themselves and others at risk, it’s noisy and can cause concern for a lot of people and the bikes themselves tear and up and damage land – often private land or local authority parks and recreational areas.

“Help us put the brakes on this issue by working with us and reporting incidents to us.”