MOTORBIKE riders causing a nuisance on the streets of South Tyneside are being targeted by police.
The crackdown has been launched after a rise in complaints from residents in recent weeks of off-road motorbikes being ridden irresponsibly.
Parents are also being advised to only buy a motorbike for their children if they have access to land where the bikes can be ridden legally.
It is illegal for the vehicles to be ridden on any public road or land, including public parks.
Anyone caught riding a bike illegally could face seeing their bike seized and crushed. They could also find themselves arrested and have any future insurance quotes affected.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson said: “Motorbike disorder causes considerable disruption to the local community not only that it can be dangerous, especially for pedestrians.
“It is illegal to ride off-road bikes on public land - including roads and in parks. They can only ever be ridden on private land with the landowner’s permission.
“We’re carrying out inquiries to identify those responsible and would ask anyone who has any information to get in contact with us, if members of the public see a bike being ridden irresponsibly or inconsiderately we want to hear from them.
“Descriptions of bikes and helmets are also useful in helping us to identify the riders.”
Anyone with information about motorbike disorder is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.