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Residents urged to report nuisance motorbikes

Published 17th May 2021

Council and police in Sandwell continue to target off-road motorbike nuisances.

With increased daylight hours and as weather conditions begin to improve, council teams and police officers in Sandwell will continue to target nuisances caused by increased off-road motorbike activities.

You can anonymously report motorbike nuisance to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Or use the Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk

Report motorbike nuisance to the council at www.sandwell.gov.uk/motorbikenuisance

People riding off-road bikes on public roads is illegal and they can face arrest and have 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.

Councillor Maria Crompton, Deputy Leader of Sandwell Council, said: “Nuisance motorbikes can disrupt family activities and disturb communities, while putting the riders themselves at risk. Sandwell Council and our colleagues in West Midlands Police ask residents to report any incidents of off-road motorbike using Crimestoppers or the Live Chat option.”

What are the police and council doing?

Riders are being warned of the dangers they are putting themselves and others in.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: ““We’ve previously carried out several successful operations to target large numbers of offenders. Officers regularly conduct warrants on the back of information received from the public. We also utilise ‘stingers’ to contain rogue bikers and work closely with prosecutors to secure charges against nuisance bikers.

“Traffic cops have access to DNA liquid canisters to ‘tag’ motorbikes and riders causing a nuisance in communities too. The DNA liquid is invisible to the naked eye but when exposed to UV light illuminates and allows officers to identify yobs and seize their bikes.

“We are determined to show this type of behaviour is dangerous and won’t be tolerated. If people are found, we will seize their bikes and take them to court.”

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.