Police in Rotherham gear up for blitz on off-road motorbikes

Police officers have launched a crackdown on nuisance bikers
Police officers have launched a crackdown on nuisance bikers
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Rotherham residents are being urged to report nuisance bikers to South Yorkshire Police.

The force wants to crackdown on off-road bikers causing a nuisance in areas including Canklow Woods, Kimberworth, Thorpe Hesley and Scholes.

Acting Sergeant Paul Reddick said: “We know what a blight nuisance motor-bikers can be on people’s lives which is why we are taking action against it.

“The last thing we want is for members of the public to suffer in silence because they don’t think that we can do anything about it.

“The fact is there are a number of laws relating to a variety of offences that we can use ranging from not wearing helmets and road safety offences to riding a bike without a valid licence or MOT.

“If you see anyone committing an offence, get in touch via 101 or send us a photo as this will help us to look at enforcement.”

He said the force was expecting a rise in complaints about off-road bikers during the summer months, adding: “At this stage we are intelligence gathering which is why the public’s role is vital.”

Police can seize bikes that are being driven in a way that causes alarm, distress or annoyance. The owner must pay for storage and recovery of the vehicle.

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 to report incidents.