9th Dec, 2016

Police crackdown on off-road bikes continues as more vehicles seized

Coventry Editorial 21st Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

EARLY MORNING raids have seen more illegal off-road bikes seized by police.

As part of West Midlands Police’s clampdown on dangerous riders, officers raided addresses in Coventry during a pre-planned operation on Sunday, August 14.

The action saw ten bikes seized, including mini-moto’s, quad bikes and scramblers, following complaints from residents about off-road bikes being illegally ridden around the area.

Two men, aged 20 and 27 years old, were arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance while two 16-year-old men from the Kitts Green area were arrested in possession of a stolen scooter.

Three 16-year-old men from West Bromwich and Brownhills were arrested on suspicion of taking a car without consent. A car believed to be stolen has also been recovered.

And a 29-year-old London man was also arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

The force has been inundated with reports of quad bikes, scramblers and motorbikes being driven in an anti-social manner this year.

And, in response, officers have already been seizing bikes from hotspot areas across the force, including 12 bikes seized in one day earlier this month.

Supt Ron Winch, of West Midlands Police, said: “These aren’t just one off Days of Action ? this is a concerted message to off-road bikers.

“We have spoken to those involved to warn about the dangers of their actions, but such unacceptable behaviour must now stop.

“There is a huge amount of work going on across West Midlands Police into tackling this menace on our communities.

“This isn’t always visible to the public ? like the operation today ? but everyone should be reassured we are taking action.”

If the two men arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance are charged, will be sent to crown court – where they will face a jury and could face time in prison if found guilty.

Police are appealing for communities affected by nuisance off-road bikers to provide information, pictures and videos to help officers find those responsible.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.