Police issue warning to nuisance bikers

POLICE are sending out a stark warning to nuisance bikers that their behaviour will not be tolerated.

Tuesday, 31st May 2011, 2:41 pm

With the warmer weather approaching officers from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team have noticed a steady increase in the number of reports of nuisance bikers in hotspot areas which include Lillands Lane at Rastrick, River Street in Brighouse, areas of Lightcliffe and parts of Elland.

But the police will be sending out a clear message by seizing the vehicle and taking whatever action they can.

A 22-year-old man faces a fine, points on his licence and recovery costs after his bike was seized by officers in Elland.

Dean Maddocks who leads the team, said the bike was clearly not road legal and the rider did not have the required insurance.

“Local residents have raised concerns over nuisance motorbikes in the Lower Valley and we will take positive action when we have the evidence to prove offences,” he said,

“These riders are a danger to themselves and other road users, they also cause misery to residents when they ride on public footpaths and common land.

“Riders can also be given a warning under the Police Reform Act and any further nuisance will result in the vehicle being seized.

“The message I have to motorcyclists is do not take your bike out unless it is road legal and you have the necessary insurance in place. If you have an off road bike, make sure you use it on private land with the full consent of the land owner.”

Inspector Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the team, added: “We are focused on the issue because it has a detrimental impact on peoples quality of life. We will be concentrating on target areas and if we find any bikes we will confiscate and destroy them.”

He urged residents to contact them with any issues they have with nuisance bikers and get as much information about the bike and its owner as possible. Contact police on 01484 405251 or 0845 6060606.

POLICE in the Wyke area have also pledged to crack down on the illegal use of motorcycles and quad bikes and are asking for the public to come forward with information. To report nuisance bike riders call 01274 376600.