Crushing blow for Burnley bike yobs
12:10pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
MOTORBIKES known to have caused a nuisance to residents have been seized and crushed.
Police visited young people at home following numerous complaints from residents in the Bank Hall, Queensgate and Lanehead areas of Burnley, In a joint operation by Burnley Police and the council, two motorbikes were seized and crushed, while other riders received warning letters.
A number of other motorcycle, quad bike and mini moto users were visited by officers, and told they would be ‘robustly targeted’ by police if they continued to cause a nuisance.
Sgt Martyn Holt said: “This operation is a direct response to information received from our local PACT meetings with the public. The information has allowed for an intelligence-led approach to this problem.
“Motorcycle nuisance is not only dangerous to the rider, the public, and other road users, it is causing the local residents upset and annoyance.
“We are taking this problem very seriously, and we want those who are engaging in this activity to know they will be brought to justice, and they will lose their motorcycles.”
Richard Brown, from the Com-munity Safety Team at Burnley Council, attended the crushing on Tuesday. Later that day, alongside police, he was on hand to give out advice from the mobile council trailer, which was at Briercliffe shopping centre, in Briercliffe Road.
The motorcycles were seized under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002, which gives officers powers to seize veh-icles being driven in a manner which causes alarm, distress or annoyance. A mini moto must be DVLA registered, road taxed and have a valid MOT, to be ridden on the road.
The rider must also be aged 17 or over (16 for mopeds), hold a valid driving licence, wear a helmet, and have the necessary insurance to ride on the road.
Anyone with concerns about the illegal or dangerous use of motorcycles in public areas can contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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