Illegal bikers caught in police crackdown

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TWO off-road bikes and a quad bike were seized by police in a day-long crackdown on nuisance bikers in South Yorkshire

Teams of officers and the South Yorkshire Police helicopter were used in the operation in Thurnscoe, Bolton on Dearne and Goldthorpe after complaints from local residents.

A total of 16 warning notices were given to bikers but two had their machines seized because they had been warned before but continued to ride on open land.

Three £30 fixed penalty notices were also issued to riders for using their bikes on unauthorised land.

The quad bike was seized because the rider had no insurance.

PCSO Shaun McDermott, of Dearne Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This is the first of many scheduled operations throughout the summer to tackle the issue of off-road bikes being ridden in the area.

“During the operation South Yorkshire Police air support played a pivotal role in the seizure of one of the bikes found, therefore we will continue to use this facility when possible.

“We understand that the issue of off-road bikes being ridden in the area causes concern for our residents, therefore we will not tolerate this type of antisocial behaviour and will continue to tackle the issue through increased patrols and operations such as this one.”