Posted on Thursday 25 August 2016
Police and Gateshead Council aim to get a handle on off-road motorbike disorder in the borough.
Police are investigating a number of reports of anti-social behaviour involving motorcycles in the Gateshead area including parts of Wardley, Windy Nook, Deckham, Felling, Beacon Lough, Springwell, Kibblesworth and Blaydon
And new signs have been placed in some of the hotspots to remind motorbike riders that police and Council officers are aware this is happening and are actively looking at ways of stopping the problem.
Reports of motorbike ASB are of real concern to police, the Council and residents as they cause damage to the local area, disturb local people, and the riders put themselves and other members of the public in danger.
Officers have been taking action by carrying out extra patrols in areas where there have been problems; however by the time the incident is reported to police the offenders have often made off.
The police are urging residents, if they see incidents happening, to phone 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. The police will need to know the location and a description of the riders and their motorbikes.
Acting Inspector Tim McIntyre of Gateshead Central Neighbourhood Team said: "We support the Council in using these signs to remind people to act responsibly and not to ride motor cycles illegally, or in an antisocial manner.
“Motorbikes being used dangerously and anti-socially are a real concern for us and for our local residents. They tear up land and damage public spaces, they make a horrendous noise and they are being ridden at all hours. But the most important issue is one of safety. These riders are often amateurs who aren't insured or wearing the correct safety equipment. They could seriously injure themselves or members of the public and we won't stand by and allow this to happen.
"People in Gateshead can be reassured that we are focusing on this issue and have plans in place to tackle it. Anyone caught riding anti-socially or illegally will be stopped and arrested. They face having their motorbikes seized from them and they could face being put in front of the courts. We are taking a hard-line on this and we need residents to help and support us by letting us know who is riding these bikes and where they are being kept”.
`Councillor Linda Green, Cabinet Member for Communities and Volunteering, which includes Community Safety in Gateshead, said: “People riding motorbikes off-road are hard to catch in the act. That’s why we are looking at ways to discourage people from doing this in the first place, ask them to think twice about doing it and consider other people who live nearby.
”We hope these signs will make people realise that we’re aware of the problem and in partnership with the police, are doing something about it.”