Police to use DNA spray to catch more anti-social off-road biker in latest crackdown against quad and scrambler bikes
The West Yorkshire Police force now has a new weapon in their arsenal to catch anti-social off-road bikers in Kirklees.
A new DNA spray allows officers to fire at the anti social bikers as they speed past.
The unique chemical make-up of each spray means that the the vehicle, and its rider can be identified at a later date, should they fail to stop.
The new DNA spray has already been tested in Wakefield and proved to be a great success, leading to the conviction of a dangerous quad-bike rider last year.
Officers on off-road bikes are now warning uninsured and underage riders they now have the tools to indisputably link them to the vehicles they offend on.
Kirklees Police force now has Officers on off-road bikes armed with DNA spray for the next six months, during this time they are sending out a message all nuisance riders. Insp Chris Hughes of the Dewsbury Neighbourhood Policing Team said:
“We are very conscious of the impact of anti-social off road riding on our communities in Dewsbury and neighbouring areas of Kirklees.
“We often have seen offences being committed almost daily in communities, risking the safety of members of the public and the riders themselves on our roads; some of whom have been injured through their own behavior.
“As a result we have acquired and been trialing a new DNA spray to ‘tag’ offenders in the act.
“It is a harmless, odourless and invisible solution, naked to the eye and is proving invaluable in helping us solve the problem of identifying offenders.
“I would like to encourage anyone who has information regarding the use of off-road bikes or anti-social behaviour to contact the police.
“In particular, any details or descriptions of the riders themselves, the bikes and the locations where they are seen or kept, to assist with our enquiries to tackle this issue.
“There are safe and lawful ways for people to enjoy their hobby; we hope that this operation will reassure our communities that we are taking a proactive approach to this issue and we will not tolerate their use on the roads in Kirklees.”
If you have been affected by nuisance off road bikers, than please contact your local Police on 101