Police appeal for pictures and video of rogue bikers as they aim to catch riders who give people a 'hard time' in South Tyneside

Police are braced for further increases in reports of nuisance riders as days lengthen and weather improves.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 6:56 pm
Police are asking for the public's help to catch rogue riders
Police are asking for the public's help to catch rogue riders

Motorbike disorder has been an ongoing issue in South Tyneside and the wider North East in recent years, with officers trialling a range of tools and techniques to try and clampdown on it.

“Motorcycle disorder is always there, we know it is, we know it’s on the rise with the good weather and all I can do is reassure you that as an area command we are continually striving to get a grip on it,” said acting Inspector Dave Stobbs, of Northumbria Police.

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“We’ve got the DNA spray, and we’re looking at all the tactical options to try and tackle these offenders.

“I know we get continued complaints, I know there’s members of the community who are having a hard time with these guys.

“Intelligence from the community is really helpful – photos and videos – to identify who these riders are, deal with them and get the bikes seized and disposed of.”

Acting Inspector Stobbs was speaking at a meeting of South Tyneside Council’s West Shields, Cleadon and East Boldon Community Area Forum (CAF), which was held by videolink and broadcast via YouTube.

Updating councillors of efforts to warn youngsters off becoming future nuisance riders, acting Inspector Stobbs also revealed e-scooters had been added to education programmes carried out by the force.

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