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Crackdown on off-road bikers launched in Cleveland

Operation Endurance

Antony Sharp, Enforcement Officer from Coast & Country, Sue Atherton, Antisocial Behaviour Officer from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Chief Inspector Emily Harrison from Cleveland Police and PC Steven Teasdale from the Motorcycle Section

A crackdown on off-road bikers who cause misery in communities has been rolled out across Cleveland.

Operation Endurance sees a multi-agency approach to tackle the issue with partners from Cleveland Fire Brigade, the four local authorities across Cleveland and local housing providers alongside officers from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit Motorcycle Section and neighbourhood teams.

Police and partners will share best practice from the operation so far, which has already been running across the Durham policing area since August.

Officers will look to seize vehicles as well as issuing warnings and prosecuting where possible. Working together with local authorities and local housing providers means that offenders could risk losing their tenancies.

Chief Inspector Emily Harrison, who is leading the operation, said: “This operation shows those who use illegal bikes and pose a danger to our communities that their behaviour will not be tolerated.

“By working together with the local community and our partner agencies we can gather intelligence, seize vehicles, identify offenders and help prevent those people from reoffending.

“These bikes are usually untaxed and unsafe and those committing offences usually don’t have a licence or insurance. There are of course some people who do not flout the rules and ride their bikes legally, however, some still ignore the law.”

During the last 12 months there have been 3911 reports of incidents involving off-road bikes across the Cleveland area.

Ch/Insp Harrison continued: “We would appeal for anyone who may have information about people who are using off-road bikes illegally, or where they are storing them, to get in touch so that we can take the appropriate action.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “I welcome and support this initiative by the Force and partners. Concerns have been expressed to me by MPs, councillors and local residents and if we share their information, and use a range of interventions, we should make progress. I will take a close interest in this work going forward.”

Anyone with information can contact the non-emergency number 101, contact their local neighbourhood team or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

Posted on Friday 27th October 2017
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