Motorbike seized after public complaints

By Connie Osborne Tuesday 11 February 2014 Updated: 11/02 16:56

A MOTORCYCLE has been seized by police in a bid to stop people riding on footpaths and through alleyways.

Residents had been complaining to West Mercia Police about motorcycles, including off road bikes, which have been causing a nuisance in Greenlands and Woodrow.

People have been riding the bikes, which have no number plates and without helmets, around Salford Close and Tredington Close, behind South Redditch Sports and Social Club in Throckmorton Road, the underpass in Woodrow Drive, Woodrow First School and Grafton Close.

The bike was seized under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act which allows them to take action if they are being ridden in a careless or inconsiderate way, on common land, footpaths and bridleways, or if they are causing alarm, distress or annoyance to people.

Along with removing the bike, two people have also been reported to the courts.

Warnings are given to the rider and and if they or the vehicle cause similar problems in the next 12 months it can be seized.

If recovery and storage costs are not paid, or it can be proved it was ridden without insurance, a license, or correct documentation, it will be crushed.

PC Alan Bolton, safer neighbourhoods officer for Greenlands and Lodge Park, said: "There is a clear risk to not only the riders themselves, but also to pedestrians."

"We want to reassure the community we are doing something and our actions will hopefully act as a deterrent to others who are intent on making people’s life hell.

"This issue is causing a great deal of distress to local residents and having an impact upon their quality of life, and it will not be tolerated."

Anyone with any information about the incidents should contact police on the non emergency number 101, or anyone wishing to talk to police about illegal motorcycles can also attend the next Partners and Communities Together meeting.

They will take place at 7pm at Frederick Eary House, YMCA, on Studley Road, on Thursday (February 13) or Oakhill School, Wirehill Drive, on Tuesday, February 25, at 7pm.

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