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Video: ‘Nuisance’ off-road bikers on Victoria Embankment’s restricted zone come face-to-face with a police car

Around twenty off-road bikers rode through the closed section of Victoria Embankment on Sunday 9 May at around 4:15 pm – before being faced with a patrol car. 

Victoria Embankment was busy on Sunday afternoon with dog-walkers, people enjoying a walk by the river or getting ice-cream, the children’s play park was very busy, a couple of skaters and skateboarders were among people using the ‘closed to traffic’ stretch. Then there was the unimistakeable sound of lots of motorcycles coming from the London Road area.

This video filmed by The Wire shows the lead rider gesticulating a ‘360’ turn as he spots a police car ahead, the rider fell from his bike, though this is difficult to see you can just about make out the fall – he is ‘hidden’ behind the parked car.

About four bikes continued towards The Meadows area passing the police car, the rest completed the U-Turn speeding off and out of the Embankment.

There were lots of pedestrians and other vehicles in the area at the time.

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Neighbourhood Inspector Karl Thomas told The Wire: “This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.

“Neighbourhood officers continue to target off-road bikes across the city following community concerns through Operation Scribbler.

“We are asking residents to help us put a stop to the problem and report incidents and, where they can, let us know who is responsible.

“We know off-road bikes is an issue that affects you all, so we are keen to hear from which main locations are being used by these vehicles.

“Our investigation is ongoing to identity other individuals involved in this incident and I would urge anyone who has any information which could help us with our enquiries, or anyone who may have captured footage of the incident, to please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 528 of 9 May 2021, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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