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Warning issued on off-road motorbike nuisance

Published 4th May 2018

Police and council teams in Sandwell are targeting nuisance being caused by off-road motorbikes this spring.

Riders are being warned of the dangers they are putting themselves and others in on the borough’s estates and green spaces.

People are urged to report problems to the police via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Footage from council-monitored CCTV cameras is helping police track down people involved in anti-social behaviour, so motorbikes can be seized and perpetrators taken to court.

Police and council teams also plan to use the Black Country's ground-breaking car cruising injunction to help tackle the problem.

It is already illegal to ride a motorbike in public open spaces such as parks and play areas and on pavements. In addition, these activities may also fall foul of the 'car cruising' injunction order.

The High Court order applies where there are two or more vehicles – including motorbikes – which are involved in things like speeding, racing and performing stunts, causing problems such as risk of injury and damage, noise and nuisance to others. Promoting, publicising and organising rallies on public land involving vehicles – including motorbikes – is also banned under the order.

Any breach of the order can lead to a maximum sentence of two years in prison, seizure of assets (which could include the vehicle), or a fine.

Councillor Elaine Costigan, Sandwell Council's cabinet member for public health and protection, said: "We're really worried that someone could be killed or very seriously injured in Sandwell if people continue riding motorbikes illegally.

"It’s extremely dangerous and also causes a nuisance to law-abiding residents. Our anti-social behaviour team is working closely with Sandwell Police to tackle this issue."

Sergeant Kym Jones, from Sandwell Police, said: "We are very concerned about the anti-social use of off-road motorbikes across the West Midlands, including here in Sandwell.

"It's not just the noise they make but also the dangers of riding them. Ambulances and police are regularly called out to children and young adults who have sustained serious injuries from riding these bikes illegally and without wearing any protective clothing or a helmet.

"Please help keep your communities safe this spring and summer by reporting these dangerous anti-social problems to the police via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

People riding motorbikes illegally face arrest and having their bikes seized.

Although motorbikes can be ridden on private land, the rider must have the land owner's permission.

Riding motorbikes in public open spaces, or without a private land owner’s permission, can result in prosecution.