Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Police Introduce New Measures to Tackle Nuisance Motorcyclists

Bedfordshire Police is clamping down on nuisance motorcyclists after an increase in reports in off-road motorcycles and anti-social behaviour in Houghton Regis.

The force is putting a number of measures into place to help curb the problems and bring the offenders to justice.

Chief Insp Gavin Hughes-Rowlands, who looks after policing in Central Bedfordshire, said: “We have received a number of reports of motorcycles being ridden off road and causing issues in Houghton Regis, and we would like to reassure the public that we are working hard to address this problem.

“Two off-road police motorcyclists will be provided to that specific area in the coming weeks in order to directly tackle those responsible, supported by two dedicated uniformed police officers. A number of PCSOs will also be on hand to assist with issues such as recovering seized vehicles.

“We have also been in talks with partner agencies and have agreed a number of measures that will be put in place including new signage, visits to the area by the anti-social behavioural team, and education work at schools in both Houghton Regis and Dunstable.

“Last year we ran a number of successful operations to clamp down on this type of behaviour and we will be running similar operations this year, working with both Central Bedfordshire and Houghton Regis Town Council to help tackle the problem.

“Our officers continue to regularly issue notices to riders who are identified as riding in an anti-social manner and when caught again their vehicles will be seized and destroyed. Those riding in a dangerous manner risk arrest and prosecution.

“We are encouraging anyone with information or concerns to call us on 101 to enable us to build an intelligence picture to help us identify those responsible and take the appropriate action.”

If you live in Houghton Regis and have experienced issues as a result of off-road motorcyclists and people riding other vehicles off road, please contact 101 and ask to speak to the local policing team at Houghton Regis. You can also text information to 07786 200 011, or report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.