‘Motor menace’ bikes seized

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SIXTEEN people have been slapped with warning notices during a police clampdown on off-road motor menaces.

As part of an operation in east Durham, four bikes were seized during the latest two-day phase of a crackdown on nuisances bikes.

Nine people were issued with warning notices for anti-social behaviour during one day in the Crimdon, Horden and Hesleden areas.

A further seven people received warning notices during a separate shift, while four riders in total had their bikes seized during the two days.

Durham County Council and Durham Constabulary are working together under the Safe Durham Partnership to reduce the nuisance caused by the riders and drivers of off-road vehicles.

The on-going enforcement operation, funded by East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP), sees increased patrols by police officers, police community support officers (PCSOs) and neighbourhood wardens acting on information from the public.

Chief Inspector Andrew Huddleston, of Cleveland and Durham Special Operations Unit, said: “These current patrols are achieving excellent results and with the backing of all the partners will continue to pursue those responsible.”

To report anti-social behaviour contact Durham Constabulary on 0345 6060365.