A day of action has taken place to combat the illegal and anti-social use of off-road motorbikes and quad bikes which are causing a detrimental effect to residents.
Officers from Newark’s Neighbourhood Policing Team and the newly formed Operation Reacher, headed out to farmland, woodland and disused colliery sites to catch offenders unawares. Armed with Nottinghamshire Police’s quad bike, marked and unmarked cycles, officers were quickly able to access these areas.
The activity is part of a major, ongoing operation called Operation Jericho which includes cross-border working with teams at Sherwood and Mansfield as well as neighbouring forces, and follows complaints from residents in the area.
Police Constable Gareth Nicholls, of the Newark Neighbourhood team, said: “We are committed to tackling the anti-social behaviour and damage caused by off-road vehicles. Some of which are stolen and many riders are uninsured and don’t have licences.
“Despite being dangerous, the noise and damage caused to private and public land hugely impacts on local people and causes them constant misery.
“I hope the action we continue to take reassures people that we understand and that we are listening to their concerns.”We will not get complacent, we have regular events like the one today already planned in and we welcome any information the public can provide us with.
“Once we’ve identified offenders we will utilise all of our powers to take action which could ultimately end up with their bikes being crushed.”
Today’s operation resulted in a Section 59 notice being served on the user of an off-road motorcycle – which means police can seize the vehicle if the rider is caught driving in a careless or anti-social manner again over the next 12 months. Operation Jericho is a huge deterrent for the illegal use of off-road vehicles and officers will be keen to implement this again in the near future.
If anyone has any information about people using off-road bikes then please call us on 101.