More bikes seized in Gateshead as police continue crackdown on menace motorcyclists

By Flaminia Luck

A clampdown onto reckless riders has seen a number of bikes seized and stand-alone garages visited by police.

As part of an operation to tackle community disruption, Northumbria Police ’s Neighbourhood Policing Team have been steering troublemakers and their bikes away from wagon ways, public roads and open spaces.

A partnership with Gateshead Council and local petrol stations has also allowed police to deal with motorcyclists who make life miserable for local residents.

As part of this clampdown, a number of bikes have been seized from addresses across the region including Leam Lane and Felling in Gateshead.

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Notices have also been issued to riders which means they could face prosecution if they continue to cause disorder.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Paul Cook said: “We are aware of the impact this type of anti-social behaviour can have on our communities and are determined to play our part in preventing it from happening.

“There is a minority of reckless riders who give responsible bike owners a bad name and show absolutely no regard for other members of the community which is why we have been working hard to tackle this type of criminality.

“As part of our approach we have been working with residents, asking them to share their concerns with us so we can take appropriate action alongside our partners.

“As part of our ongoing response we have been deploying patrols in reported hot spot areas to catch offenders in the act and using a long lens camera to help identify riders and motorcycles, seizing and destroying bikes and prosecuting offenders.”

More bikes seized as police continue crackdown on menace motorcyclists (Chronicle Live)

Another part of the response is an initiative with petrol stations across Gateshead which prevents anyone from filling up an off-road bike or a petrol can unless they show photographic ID and contact details.

Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness said: “Residents have made clear they have had enough of these bikers and the police have acted on those concerns. It’s great to see this proactive policing taking these bikes off our streets.

“I’m committed to supporting our police in reducing anti-social behaviour, and I want to reassure the public that when they get in touch and tell us about their safety concerns, your police force will take action.”

More bikes seized as police continue crackdown on menace motorcyclists (Chronicle Live)

Sgt Cook added: “We would always ask the public to report any incidents to us so we can build up intelligence and take positive action. And, if you know who is causing this disorder, you can report names and addresses to us confidentially.

“By working together, with communities and our partners, we can continue to ensure the area remains a safe place for everyone.”

If you have any information about bike-related anti-social behaviour in your community, report it online via the ‘Tell us Something’ pages of our website, call 101 or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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