Police crackdown on off-road bikers in South Yorkshire

Off-road bikers were targeted by South Yorkshire Police last weekend
Off-road bikers were targeted by South Yorkshire Police last weekend
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A crackdown on off-road bikers in Barnsley led to a number of official police warnings being issued.

Police officers and PCSOs carried out an operation last Sunday following an increase in reports of off-road bikes being ridden in pedestrianised areas and during anti-social hours.

They targeted Grimethorpe, Great Houghton, Shafton, Mapplewell and Darton.

Acting Inspector Brad Wynne said: “Off-road bikes can be extremely anti-social and we have had an increased number of concerns about bikes being ridden in an aggressive manner and in areas where they shouldn’t.

“As a result of this, Sunday saw our officers and PCSOs involved in targeted and systematic patrols to identify off-road bikers. This is just one of a number of operations we will be carrying out to tackle this issue.

“A number of warnings were issued to several off-road bikers throughout the day, in areas including Grimethorpe, Great Houghton, Shafton, Mapplewell and Darton.

“The response we’ve had so far has been extremely positive and I’d always encourage anyone with information regarding off-road bikes being ridden in an anti-social or aggressive manner to get in touch with us.

“We will continue to work towards tackling this issue so that people feel safe and can enjoy walking in and around Barnsley’s countryside.”