Putting the brakes on nuisance motorbikes
We have teamed up with West Yorkshire Police to tackle the use of nuisance motorbikes in Kirklees hotspots.
Safer Kirklees have been busy running multiple days of action in the first half of August in areas that have experienced high-levels of nuisance motorbikes and quadbikes.
The days of action saw the Safer Kirklees Partnership engage with residents about how to recognise and report the use of illegal off-road bikes which are being driven recklessly and causing a nuisance.
Local petrol stations were also visited as part of the days of action to inform staff about how to spot the signs of someone who may be involved in this activity.
Are nuisance motorbikes a problem in your community?
If you see a nuisance motorbike or quadbike which is being driven in public open spaces such as parks, play areas or on the pavement then you should report it. If these bikes are causing high levels of noise pollution, being driven carelessly and are a danger to pedestrians then please contact West Yorkshire Police.
To help assist the police please try and provide the following information when reporting:
- type of vehicle
- primary/secondary colour of vehicle
- symbols on the vehicle
- where the vehicle was spotted
- name / address of rider (if known)
- details of build / gender / age
- details of clothing, mask / scarf / other
Please remember, your safety is the most important. Don’t put yourself in harm’s way when encountering a motorbike or quadbike which is causing a nuisance.
Councillor Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said:
“Throughout previous summer months we have seen an increase in the number of nuisance bikes across Kirklees and that is why we are working in collaboration with West Yorkshire Police to address the issue. Nuisance bikes don’t only cause high-levels of noise pollution but they can be intimidating for local communities and when driven irresponsibly they pose a great risk for our residents, other road users and the rider.
“If nuisance bikes are causing problems in your local community then please report them online to West Yorkshire Police, antisocial behaviour will not, and should not, be tolerated in Kirklees.”
Sergeant Rebecca Calpin of Kirklees Police, said:
“People who ride off road bikes both illegally and anti socially put both themselves and others at real risk of harm.
We are pleased to be working with Safer Kirklees as part of this two day operation which supports ongoing activity by our officers to track down offenders and take bikes which are being used illegally out of our communities.
I want to thank residents who have been reporting these incident to us and would encourage anyone who sees or has information about illegal off road riding to get in touch. Please also pass on any CCTV clips or images you may have.
Knowing where the problems are helps us to target our patrols to try and catch these people in the act and take action against them.”
How do I report nuisance motorbikes?
Anyone who has intelligence about nuisance motorbikes in their area should contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101 or report it online.