A COUPLE of almost brand new mini-motorbikes were among 10 seized by police in the latest attempt to deter rogue riders from disturbing the peace of the Doncaster countryside.
The police helicopter was also drafted in to help officers from Adwick, Askern and Bentley Safer Neighbourhood Teams on the ground spot the nuisance motorcycles, after police responded to residents’ concerns.
People had complained about nuisance motorbikes at their local Police and Community Together meeting, which SNT officers hold every month for the public to attend and raise any issues they have in their local area.
Those attending persistently complained about the bikes being ridden dangerously and inconsiderately, as well as illegally, in a number of peaceful locations, including the Trans-Pennine Trail which runs from Sprotbrough to Toll Bar in the area.
To tackle the issue, officers conducted a number of operations over the last two months and have achieved some “good results” a spokesman said.
Patrols were increased in the areas where the bikes were most frequently mentioned as being a nuisance, and the SNTs brought in additional resources including the SYP helicopter to assist in tracking individuals who believed they could outrun and hide from officers on foot.
A total of 10 bikes and one quad bike was seized and two warning notices have been issued to riders.
The warnings are effective for 12 months and, should the riders be caught riding inconsiderately again, their bikes will be confiscated.
Police Community Support Supervisor Andy Ireland from the Adwick SNT said: “We will be continuing with these operations to ensure we drive down the problem with nuisance motorbikes.
“We want our residents to feel safe in their community and reassured that, any problems they have, we will do our utmost to tackle them.”