Nuisance bikes seized by police

HAUL: PC Kevin Keay, Insp Lee Rukin, PC Lorene Hayworth and PC Ian Calvert with some of recovered bikes

HAUL: PC Kevin Keay, Insp Lee Rukin, PC Lorene Hayworth and PC Ian Calvert with some of recovered bikes

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MOTO menaces have been stopped in their tracks by police after having their nuisance bikes seized.

Responding to concerns from the public, Hartlepool’s South and Central Neighbourhood Policing Team joined forces with the Cleveland Motorcycle Section to clamp down on the anti-social behaviour.

In a month-long operation, 10 off-road bikes and two quad bikes were seized from the Owton Manor and Fens areas, where police say they were plaguing residents.

The law says that the only place where off-road vehicles can be ridden is on private land with the direct permission of the land owner or at a supervised off road centre.

Catherine Jones from South and Central NPT said: “Local residents raised the off-road bikes as a neighbourhood issue so we got to the heart of the problem by seizing the vehicles – it is police partnership working at its best and shows what can be done for the benefit of communities.

“Anyone with concerns should contact officers on the non-emergency number 101.”

Inspector Lee Rukin said: “Our motorcycle officers had the support of land owners to use their skills to identify and seize the bikes. It’s an expensive lesson for someone to learn when they ignore our warnings.

“We won’t tolerate people causing harassment within our communities and will work together for the benefit of local people.”