Warning issued on nuisance motorbikes

Off-road motorcyclists are being warned that their bikes could be seized if they ride illegally on Sandwell's estates and green spaces. Police and council teams are targeting nuisance being caused by off-road motorbikes this summer and warning riders of the dangers to themselves and others.

People are urged to report problems to the police via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online to Sandwell Council at www.sandwell.gov.uk/motorbikenuisance Footage from council-monitored CCTV cameras is helping police track down people involved in anti-social behaviour, so motorbikes can be seized and perpetrators taken to court.

Police and council teams can also use the Black Country's ground-breaking 'car cruising' injunction to help tackle the problem. It is already illegal to ride a motorbike in public open spaces such as parks and play areas and on pavements.

In addition, these activities may also fall foul of the 'car cruising' injunction order.

The High Court order applies where there are two or more vehicles – including motorbikes – which are involved in things like speeding, racing and performing stunts, causing problems such as risk of injury and damage, noise and nuisance to others. Promoting, publicising and organising rallies on public land involving vehicles – including motorbikes – is also banned under the order. Any breach of the order can lead to a maximum sentence of two years in prison, seizure of assets (which could include the vehicle), or a fine. Councillor Maria Crompton, cabinet member for safer communities, said: "Riding motorbikes illegally is really dangerous and it also causes a nuisance to people living nearby. "Our officers will continue their work with Sandwell Police to prevent this anti-social behaviour." Sergeant Kym Jones, from Sandwell Police, said: "Nuisance bikes are a concern for communities across the West Midlands, including here in Sandwell. "It's not just the noise they make but also the dangers of riding them. Ambulances and police are regularly called out to children and young adults who have sustained serious injuries from riding these bikes illegally and without wearing any protective clothing or a helmet. "Police continue to seize bikes and bring offenders to justice. "Please help keep your communities safe by reporting these dangerous anti-social problems to the police via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

People riding motorbikes illegally face arrest and having their bikes seized. Although motorbikes can be ridden on private land, the rider must have the land owner's permission. Riding motorbikes in public open spaces, or without a private land owner’s permission, can result in prosecution.

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