Motorbike seized in South Shields as part of police crackdown on disorder

This motorbike was seized in Alice Street, South Shields.
This motorbike was seized in Alice Street, South Shields.

A motorbike has been seized in South Tyneside as part of a police crackdown on motorbike disorder.

West Shields Neighbourhood Policing Team seized the motorbike in Alice Street, South Shields, last weekend under section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002.

The recovery was part of the team's continued commitment to tackling motorbike disorder across the borough.

Local Neighbourhood Sergeant Steve Prested said: "Motorbike disorder has a huge impact on the quality of life for local residents; it causes constant noise and is damaging to the environment.

"We have been taken action against the issue for quite some time and have already taken a number of bikes of the streets because they were being ridden irresponsibly and inconsiderately - or the rider didn't have the right paperwork.

"People who are riding these bikes and causing a nuisance should be warned that we are cracking down and will take action against their irresponsible and inconsiderate riding, and this will include taking the bike off them.

"It could ultimately mean the bike ends up being crushed. "

Police are also reminding riders it is illegal for off road motorbikes to be used on public land and on private land without the landowner's permission.

Sgt Prested added: "Most people mistakenly believe they can ride these bikes anywhere they like, but that is not the case.

"They can only be ridden on private land with the landowner's permission. Riding them anywhere else is illegal.

"If you don't have land to ride these bikes on then we would advise you don't buy one."

Coun Moira Smith, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: "We are committed to working with the police and other partners in our efforts to create a safer South Tyneside for everyone, but we really need the help of local people if we are to succeed.

"We will act on any information we receive, and I hope that people reading this will be encouraged to report any crime or anti-social behaviour they come across. Together, we can make a difference."

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