STATEMENT FROM BEDS POLICE
"Our new approach to dealing with these brazen offenders is disruption, disruption, disruption"
Police are taking Meteoric steps to combat the dangerous and troublesome issue of off-road bikes in the south of the county.
The anti-social practice has long been a problem for residents in key hotspots such as Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard and Luton.
Sergeant Louise Bates, who now shares responsibility for tackling the off-road bikes issue, said: “While Bedfordshire Police has continued to hold Operation Meteor overt events throughout spike periods, the problem has not abated and the bikers continue to make lives difficult for the innocent residents of these areas.
“Off-road bikers are far more than just a nuisance – they are an absolute thorn in our communities’ sides and present risks to public safety.
“Our new approach to dealing with these brazen offenders is disruption, disruption, disruption – these bikers should be aware that we will stop their activity by any means available to us. This can involve arresting them on related offences such as theft or road traffic offences, and by seizing their vehicles.
“As part of Operation Meteor we are now working even more closely with our partners in Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council – the areas we tend to see the majority of these problems – and will continue to utilise resources where we can to both stop the bikers in their tracks, and keep tabs on any criminal activity taking place behind the scenes.”
Residents can email firstname.lastname@example.org with pictures and footage.
Having a dedicated Op Meteor team has already allowed for some positive results in the fight against off-road bikers.
On Friday (5 January) police attended reports of nuisance motorcycles in Maidenbower Avenue, Dunstable.
On arrival at a property in the road, officers discovered three mini motos which were suspected stolen. The occupant of the home, a 26-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and is currently on bail.
Arrests for other key off-road biking suspects have also taken place in relation to other offences – just one part of the disruptive tactics being utilised under the updated Meteor plan.
A covert operation was also held in Sundon Pits on Sunday (7 February) while more are planned for the future.
To date there have been 250 emails to the email@example.com inbox for the public to submit photographs and video, which have all been responded to with evidence being collated.
It must be emphasised that the email address is not an instant reporting tool, and will not be monitored 24/7.
Residents must still call 101 to speak directly to police to report live incidents, and 999 in a genuine emergency.