Bikes seized as quarry targeted

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NUISANCE bikers have been targeted in a police operation to crack down on the problem in a quarry.

Six motorbikes, which were described as being ridden anti-socially, were seized during a joint operation carried out alongside Doncaster Council officers, aimed at putting an end to nuisance motorbikes that cause concern for residents in the borough.

Another 21 could be confiscated in the future.

The bikes, worth around £9,000, were described as tearing up the Steetley Quarry area between Warmsworth and Conisbrough.

The area is used by families, mountain bikers and dog walkers who had complained the land was being spoilt by the illegal use of motorbikes there.

In addition to the bike seizures made on the day of action earlier this month, enforcement officers issued 17 noise abatement notices.

They have also taken photographs of a further 21 motorbikes which will be seized by the police once the owners are identified.

Sgt Louise Warbrick said: “This is a great result for the residents in the area and for our partnership police and council team.

“By working together we are able to resolve issues quickly and make Doncaster a safer place for people to live. Motorcycle nuisance is a priority and we will be conducting operations like this one on a regular basis.”

Coun Cynthia Ransome, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “The borough’s open spaces are there for the benefit of the whole community and when motorbikes are ridden in these areas it ruins the enjoyment of these spaces for others.

“The borough has a number of licensed motorcycle parks which have been created to give motorcycle owners a place to ride their bikes off-road without causing a nuisance to others.

“We will not tolerate those who choose to ride their bikes anti-socially. Anyone who has problems with this kind of behaviour can call the council on 01302 736000 or the police on 101.”