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New fuel sale initiative to combat nuisance bike use

Operation Endurance Garage Campaign Dec 18

Photo shows L-R – Tudor Lodge Manager Ramachandran Natarajan, PCC Barry Coppinger, Acting Neighbourhoods Sergeant Mike Doherty and PCSO Mark Ballinger.

Police in Middlesbrough have welcomed the support of local fuel stations as they build on a scheme tackling nuisance use of off road bikes and other vehicles.

Operation Endurance has seen officers seize numerous off road bikes involved in antisocial behaviour or crime and since 1st September, Cleveland Police has received 832 calls about off road bike nuisance from residents across the force area.

Now to stop them being used in the first place, riders or drivers may have to provide their driving licence before buying fuel.

The scheme was run several years ago in the Eston area and was well received by fuel retailers - and residents - at the time.

Now garages in Marton (Tudor Lodge), Acklam (Tesco Bluebell) and Coulby Newham (Tesco) will display posters warning that if they suspect fuel is being bought for vehicles which may be driven antisocially, they may decline the sale.

The retailers will also refuse to sell fuel to anyone under 16, anyone not using an approved container for fuel or to anyone driving or riding an unregistered vehicle.

Neighbourhoods Sergeant Mike Doherty said: “Local fuel retailers have been very positive about this scheme and I hope more garages across the town will sign up too.

“Nuisance use of off road bikes and other vehicles can seriously affect quality of life for the majority of law-abiding residents.  It can blight communities and poses a real risk to pedestrians and other road users.

“Those who persist in riding these bikes an antisocial manner cannot be allowed to do so and, with the support of our communities and fuel retailers, my officers will do all they can to tackle this issue.”

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger added: “I wholeheartedly support this initiative and it’s great that local fuel retailers are keen to work with the police on this.

“Residents across Cleveland regularly raise concerns about antisocial motorcycling at community meetings and I’m confident this scheme will contribute to making our communities safer and more peaceful for all.”


Posted on Monday 17th December 2018
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