Nuisance off-road vehicle operation pays off

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AN OPERATION to tackle nuisance bikes and off-road vehicles across the Staveley area has led to a 60 per cent reduction in calls to police in the last month.

Safer Neighbourhoods officers working on a pro-active team have seized eight bikes during that time and issued 16 warnings. Those riders who have been warned will have their bike seized if they are caught again.

Following an increase in the number of complaints about the riding of illegal motorbikes, police launched an initiative encouraging the public and local land owners to report any incidents of nuisance riding.

Police used information from the calls to target affected areas by stepping up high visibility patrols.

Since the start of the operation calls have dropped by 60 per cent compared to the month leading up to it.

In the month prior to the initiative there were 32 calls about motorcycles compared to 12 since the operation began – a 62 per cent drop.

PC Steve Simmons, who is leading the operation, said: “It has been a success so far and we are continuing with the initiative to reduce calls even further.

“There has been a noted decrease in calls in the targeted areas. The thing to note is out of those calls we were able to locate offenders and take positive action in quite a few cases.

“We are still appealing to members of the public that if they witness any nuisance motorcycles and are able to identify the rider or where they live, to report it to us.”

Officers have issued a letter to all landowners and those caught riding illegally detailing the law around off-road riding.

If you have information about nuisance motorbikes in your area contact Derbyshire police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.