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Police operation tackles nuisance off-road motorcycles

Police officers carry out a special operation to tackle nuisance motorbikes.

Officers used a drone to monitor bikers and gain intelligence as part of a crackdown on the ongoing issue in Carlton in Lindrick, near Worksop.

Acting on concerns from the public about motorbikes damaging farmland and causing a nuisance, community police say the initiative on Wednesday (24 August 2022) has helped them gather vital intelligence.

Officers from the Bassetlaw neighbourhood policing team, the off-road bikes team, roads policing unit and the drone unit were all involved.

Inspector Hayley Crawford, district commander for Bassetlaw, said: “People in Carlton in Lindrick raise off-road bikes as an issue repeatedly and this operation was about responding to their concerns.

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“We have been out previously on a regular basis and continue to respond to the community’s concerns as a collective effort with the local council antisocial behaviour team.

“This latest operation has helped us gain valuable information which will be used to take action against those responsible.

“Now we also need your to help to find out where these bikes are being stored in the community.

“If you have any information which can help us track them down please get in touch with us on 101, by using our online reporting mechanism, by speaking to your local neighbourhood officers or, if you’d rather give details anonymously, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

“Operations like this are great because we can use specialised teams and all the technology at our disposal to target a particular issue of concern in a coordinated way.

“Hopefully this exercise will provide reassurance to residents that we take this issue seriously and have the capability to take direct action if riders are seen to be committing offences.”

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