MOTORBIKE menaces are being targeted in South Tyneside.
Extra police patrols have been carried out in Boldon Colliery after reports of speeding bikers in areas around Reginald Street and Sidney Street.
Problems have also been reported in nearby Colliery Woods – an area bordered by the Cotswolds Housing Estate, the Metro line and Brockley Whins Metro station.
Now Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is urging residents to report any anti-social issues and help identify the bikes and riders, which could lead to prosecutions and the machines being seized.
Ms Baird said: “I’m committed to tackling anti-social behaviour in all its forms, and illegal use of motorbikes can put people’s lives at risk.
“Complaints have been received about the use of bikes in this area, mainly during the day and early evening, and I welcome the police efforts to identify those involved and take positive action.
“The help of the public is vital and I’d urge residents to report information about the bikes and people involved, so action can be taken to address the issue.”
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson added: “Additional patrols are taking place and we’re working with partners to prevent offences and reduce speeding in the area.
“We’re working to identify which bikes are involved and who the riders are, to ensure they are spoken to and if necessary, take positive action – such as seizing the bike and taking enforcement action against the person responsible.
“We’re keen to tackle the issues of most concern to residents, and I’d urge anyone with information to get in touch with us.”
The extra patrols are part of the force’s ‘Report it to sort it’ campaign encouraging people to report anti-social behaviour.
Reports can be made by calling 101, or in an emergency 999; by texting 07786 200 814; by textphone (for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired) on 18001 101 or by logging on to www.northumbria.police.uk