Two off-road bikes have been crushed by police in Newark and Sherwood as part of a clamp down on illegal off roading in the area.
The destruction of the bikes being ridden illegally is being used as a warning by Nottinghamshire Police to other irresponsible owners and riders. The message is simple, bikes will be seized and could ultimately be crushed if they persistently break the law.
The bikes were seized from their owners during a crackdown known as Operation Jericho – an ongoing multi-agency initiative in the Newark and Sherwood area targeting the illegal use of off-road vehicles such as motorbikes, quad bikes and other nuisance vehicles on private or public land and byways
‘Off-road bikes cause misery within communities’
Sergeant Mike Taylor, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Aside from being dangerous, off-road bikes cause misery within communities and is one of the issues that residents have told us causes them the greatest concern.
“For most of the time these vehicles will be used illegally and people may not realise this.
“Bikes can only be ridden on private land with the landowner’s permission. This would include waste land which is owned by someone.
“We hope the crushing of these bikes sends out a clear message that once we’ve identified offenders we will utilise all of our powers to take action which could ultimately end up with their bikes being crushed.
“We also need to educate and inform parents, who may be thinking about buying such machines for their children, of the potential dangers and lack of legal opportunities to actually use them.
“I hope the ongoing action we’re taking to tackle the illegal and anti-social use of these vehicles reassures our local residents that we are listening to their concerns and taking them seriously. We will be continuing our efforts, working with our partners, to crack down on this anti-social behaviour.
“We need more members of the public to help us reduce nuisance off-road biking by reporting incidents to us. If anyone has any information about people using off-road bikes then please call us on 101.”
‘Immediate and severe action’
Terry Bailey, an anti-social behaviour officer at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “This is not just a police matter, it’s a community issue.
“We’re all working together to tackle this issue and we will take immediate and severe action against offenders.
“Together with our housing partners, people need to realise that by committing anti-social behaviour they could also face other consequences. This could include action for a breach of their council tenancy agreements, which may result in them losing their home.”
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping vowed to prioritise the issue of illegal off-roading in the county over the next 12 months, alongside other crime and disorder problems which cause misery to Nottinghamshire communities.
He’s invited community groups across Nottinghamshire to bid for a share of £250,000 to help cut crime and keep people at risk of offending on the right path.
His Community Safety Fund for 2018/19 will be invested into grassroots projects that help people stay safe and recover from their problems.
The deadline for applications has now passed. Funding will be allocated for the financial year 2018-2019.
Mr Tipping said: “We want to address some of the persistent issues which blight the lives of ordinary people. One of those is illegal off-road biking and we are working very closely with the Force to support the enforcement work put in place to tackle this problem.”
If you’re riding your off-road vehicle on a road you must have/do the following:
* Have a valid MOT certificate if the vehicle is more than three-years-old
* Register your quad bike with the DVLA, make sure your vehicle is taxed and has front and rear number plates
* Have a full car licence or a category B1 licence if it was issued before January 1997
* Have a minimum of third party insurance to drive a quad bike on the road
Not everyone using off-road motorbikes does so illegally and there are a number of specialist sites where they can be ridden legally.
Details of places and facilities where off-road bikes can be ridden safely and legally in the Nottinghamshire area can be found online.