More bikes seized in Gateshead as police continue crackdown on threatening motorcyclists
A crackdown on reckless bikers has seen a number of bikes seized and stand-alone garages visited by police.
As part of an operation to tackle community disruption, the Northumbria Police Neighborhood Police team kept troublemakers and their bikes away from railroad tracks, public roads and open spaces. .
A partnership with Gateshead Council and local gas stations has also enabled police to deal with motorcyclists who make life miserable for local residents.
As part of the crackdown, a number of bikes were seized from addresses in the area, including Leam Lane and Felling in Gateshead.
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Notices have also been issued to runners, which means they could face prosecution if they continue to cause trouble.
Neighborhood Sergeant Paul Cook said: âWe are aware of the impact this type of anti-social behavior can have on our communities and are determined to play our part to prevent this from happening.
âThere is a minority of reckless cyclists who give responsible bike owners a bad name and show absolutely no respect for other members of the community, which is why we have worked hard to tackle this type of crime.
âAs part of our approach, we worked with residents, asking them to share their concerns with us so that we could take appropriate action alongside our partners.
âAs part of our continued response, we have deployed patrols in flagged sensitive areas to catch offenders red-handed and use a long-lens camera to help identify bikers and motorcycles, seize and destroy bikes and prosecute. offenders. “
Another part of the response is an initiative with gas stations across Gateshead that prevents anyone from refueling a mountain bike or gas can unless they show photo ID. and contact details.
Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness said: âResidents have made it clear that they have had enough of these bikers and the police have responded to these concerns. It’s great to see this proactive police taking these bikes off our streets.
âI am committed to helping our police reduce anti-social behavior and I want to reassure the public that when they contact us and share their safety concerns with us, your police service will take action. “
Sgt Cook added, âWe always ask the public to report any incidents to us so that we can accumulate intelligence and take positive action. And, if you know who is causing this disorder, you can report the names and addresses to us in confidence.
âBy working together, with communities and our partners, we can continue to ensure that the region remains a safe place for everyone. “
If you have any information about anti-social cycling behavior in your community, report it online through the ‘Tell Us Something’ pages of our website, call 101, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously. on 0800 555 111.
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