Police are stepping up patrols in a north Northumberland seaside town to put the brakes on motorbike disorder.
Officers are taking action after receiving reports of youths riding dangerously around certain streets in Amble, often without the necessary headgear.
Hot spots for this ‘very dangerous’ activity include areas in the town such as Percy Street, Glendale and Coquetdale.
Police have said that the incidents often occur in the evenings.
And now Neighbourhood police Inspector, Paul Truscott, of the Alnwick policing sector – which covers the likes of Amble, Alnwick and Rothbury – has told the Gazette that enough is enough.
He said: “This may be seen as a bit of fun by those people riding the motorbikes but this is a very dangerous activity.
“Not only does it put the riders at risk but also the general public.
“The actions of these riders could lead to serious injuries and tragedy.
“We are taking every step we can to stop this disorder and identify the offenders.”
Members of the neighbourhood policing team are targeting the areas where the disorder is happening.
They will also be working in schools and the community, where they will carry out education and advisory work about the dangers involved.
Insp Truscott added: “We need the community’s help in identifying the people responsible for this disorder.
“We will take every step necessary to prosecute offenders once they are identified.”
Officers are urging anyone in Amble with any information about the disorder to contact Northumbria Police, on 101 ext 69191.
Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.