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New measures to tackle illegal off-road bikers in Rushcliffe

New measures have been put in place to stop off-road bikers riding along pedestrian pavements and walkways in Cotgrave.

Local officers have worked in partnership with local councillors and Nottinghamshire County Council to install barriers in the Ringleas and Eastwold areas of town.

The action follows complaints from local residents, and is complemented by regular police patrols – including by Nottinghamshire Police’s off-road and drone teams.

It is the latest part of a partnership operation involving Nottinghamshire Police, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Cotgrave Town Council and Nottinghamshire County Council that has seen reports of nuisance riding fall significantly.

Riders are being encouraged instead to use legal local motocross facilities, rather than run the risk of being fined and losing their bikes by riding illegally.

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PC Cai Kemish, beat manager for Cotgrave and Wiverton, said: “We’ve had a lot of reports from people about off road bikes being ridden along local footpaths and have worked in partnership with our local county councillor and others to put these new measures in place.

“This kind of behaviour isn’t just antisocial – it is also poses a real risk to other members of the public. Hopefully these measures, when combined with our very proactive local policing, will help to lessen the impact of these bikes on the local community.”

Patrols will continue to target this issue and members of the public are encouraged to keep reporting incidents by calling 101 or 999.

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