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Police inspector condemns ‘ridiculous’ behaviour of nuisance bikers in Nottingham

An inspector has condemned the “ridiculous” actions of nuisance bikers operating in his area.

The Gedling neighbourhood policing team has seen an increase in reports of people riding motorbikes dangerously recently.

From pulling wheelies on the road to travelling along pavements, officers have received numerous calls about erratic riders in the Gedling, Carlton and Colwick areas.

Waverley Avenue, Gedling, is one such street to experience these issues, with the area’s neighbourhood policing inspector warning those involved about the consequences of their actions.

Inspector Mark Stanley, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This sort of antisocial behaviour is a real nuisance to the community and can impact people’s quality of life.

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“People who do this might just see it as a bit of fun but it actually puts the safety of other road users and pedestrians – not to mention themselves – at risk.

“Thankfully we haven’t had any reports of anyone being injured because of this but it’s ridiculous really that anyone would think it’s acceptable to ride their bikes in such a dangerous manner.

“As always, my sole concern is keeping people in the community safe, which is why we’re treating this so seriously and why we’ll continue to do whatever we can to try and prevent this type of antisocial behaviour.”

The neighbourhood policing team has seen a rise in these incidents in the last month or so and have taken numerous steps to try and reduce offending.

Officers have carried out additional patrols in hotspot areas to deter riders and are also set to work alongside the force’s specialist off-road bike team to try and catch offenders in the act.

“Obviously, this relies on us being there at the right time to confront those involved,” added Insp Stanley.

“The best thing we can do is provide a visible presence on the streets to provide a deterrence and try to engage with anyone we see acting in this way.

“If we can prosecute anyone we stop, we’ll also try to do that. Offenders also risk having their bikes seized.

“People will automatically think those who are doing this will only be young people but that’s actually not the case – it’s adults too who really should know better.

“Typically, a lot of the people involved aren’t insured and don’t have a licence, which is clearly unacceptable.

“This needs to stop, so it’s really important that anyone who knows someone involved tells us, so that we can speak to them and explain how dangerous what they’re doing is.

“Anyone with information can contact the police on 101, or report something anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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