Concerns over Alnwick motorbikes being ridden ‘irresponsibly’

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Northumbria Police is reminding motorbike users not to ‘brake’ the law.

This follows a number of concerns raised by residents in Alnwick about motorbike disorder, in particular in the Barresdale Estate, where motorbikes are being ridden ‘irresponsibly and inconsiderately’.

Officers are reminding riders that it is illegal for off-road motorbikes to be ridden on public roads and they can only be ridden on private land with the owners permission.

They are warning that bikes being ridden irresponsibly and inconsiderately – regardless of whether or not they are off-road – could be seized and crushed.

Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott said: “Motorbike disorder has far reaching consequences, not only is it a nuisance for other residents who have to put up with the noise and pollution but it is dangerous to road users, especially pedestrians and young children playing in the street.

“Officers are carrying out regular patrols throughout the Barresdale Estate and we are working closely with Northumberland County Council Community Safety to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of motorbike disorder.

“Next term, officers from the neighbourhood policing team will be visiting schools throughout Alnwick to reinforce this message.”

Philip Soderquest, head of public protection with Northumberland County Council, added: “We are determined to ensure our towns and villages remain pleasant places to live and we are keen to ensure motorbikes are used in a sensible and law abiding manner so that riders and the public are not placed at risk and their use doesn’t amount to anti-social behaviour.

“The council is committed to working with partners to tackle the small minority who cause problems and to raise awareness of what is and is not acceptable use of these off-road motorbikes.”

Northumbria Police is currently running Operation Dragoon aimed at raising awareness of road safety and taking action against those who cause the most harm on the region’s road.

To report anti-social behaviour and motorbike disorder ring Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.