Derbyshire police to clamp down on 'dangerous' and anti social off road bikers riding illegally

Officers in North East Derbyshire have vowed to clamp down on off road bikers who they say are driving ‘dangerously' and illegally on private property in residential neighbourhoods.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 1:06 pm

Police have revealed they have documented an increase in the number of people using off-road vehicles, particularly those who ‘show little or no regard for the laws of the road’ and the ‘damage’ they cause or ‘threat’ they pose to the public in popular walking areas.

It comes after officers pledged to continue their efforts to crack down on anti social behaviour caused by off road bikers in the Killamarsh and Eckington area.

Police have released of images of several riders they wish to speak to in connection with dangerous driving on private property in the North East Derbyshire area.

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Police said they have documented an increase in the number of off road bikers committing anti social behaviour.
Police said they have documented an increase in the number of off road bikers committing anti social behaviour.

Officers warned that bikes being ridden illegally will be seized and crushed, as part of the operation to tackle anti social behaviour.

In a post on facebook, the Killamarsh and Eckington Safer Neighbourhood Police Team said: “Many people may not realise that the use of these vehicles can be illegal – as well as being dangerous.

“Bikes can only be ridden on private land with the landowner's permission.

"This would include waste land which is owned by someone.

Officers crushed bikes in previous operations, including vehicles being ridden illegally in the Eckington, Killamarsh and Renishaw area. Do you recognise anyone?

"We hope this sends out a clear message that once we’ve identified offenders we will utilise all of our powers to take action which could ultimately end up with their bikes being crushed.”

Residents who have information regarding offenders and where illegal vehicles may be being stored can call Derbyshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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