Police seize mini-moto in crackdown on nuisance riders

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Police have put the brakes on nuisance bikers in South Tyneside.

A red mini-moto was found in bushes near Hedworth Dene, in Jarrow, last week after reports youths had been riding it around the area.

It was taken by police, who are now trying to find the riders.

As part of a summer crackdown on anti-social behaviour, police are targeting those who ride off-road motorbikes illegally, and have been carrying out plain clothes patrols around the Hedworth and Fellgate estates.

Neighbourhood Inspector Ian King said: “Motorcycle disorder is one of the issues residents raise as being of most concern.

“We’ve been carrying out extra patrols in the area to prevent offences from taking place and to identify those responsible.

“Off-road motorbikes being ridden in built-up areas are not only a nuisance, disrupting people’s quality of life, but it’s also a danger.

“I’d urge anyone with information about motorcycle disorder in their area to contact us so we can identify those involved and take action.”

The action comes as part of Northumbria Police’s road safety campaign, Operation Dragoon, aimed at making the roads safer for everyone.

People are asked to take down details such as where and when the bikes are being ridden and any descriptions they can of riders and motorbikes.

This information can then be passed onto police, anonymously if preferred, by ringing 101 ext 69191.