Killamarsh and Eckington police hunt gang of illegal off-road bikers

Killamarsh and Eckington police are hunting these illegal dirt bike riders in a crackdown amid increased reports of off-roaders showing “little or no regard for the laws of the road”.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 8:59 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 8:59 am

Police hope locals will recognise one of the youths - whose face is shown quite clearly in a photo - in hopes of catching him and his friends.

Killamarsh and Eckington Safer Neighbourhood Team say bikes being ridden illegally in the area have been seized and crushed as part of previous operations.

A spokesperson said officers were working to put an end to “the damage (riders) cause” and “the threat they pose to members of the public in popular walking areas”.

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Killamarsh and Eckington police are hunting these illegal dirt bike riders in a crackdown amid increased reports of off-roaders showing “little or no regard for the laws of the road”

The spokesperson wrote: “We will be continuing our efforts, working with our partners, to crack down on this anti-social behaviour and any riders considering visiting this location and other hot-spot areas should expect to be stopped by the police who will take positive action.

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“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.”

Police say they will use all powers “which could ultimately end up with bikes being crushed”.

They added: "We need more members of the public to help us reduce nuisance off-road biking by reporting incidents to us.

“If anyone has any information about people using off-road bikes then please call us on 101."

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