Police said they ‘got their hands’ on six bikes and riders within what they called a ‘fruitful’ 24-hour period in the borough at the weekend.
Five riders who were all believed to have used their bikes in a dangerous or reckless manner were given Section 59 warnings – paving the way for further criminal action – while an 18-year-old male from West Boldon was also reported for driving offences, Northumbria Police said.
The action took place across the Hebburn and Jarrow, with further operations planned in the coming weeks and months to combat bike-related antisocial behaviour.
Inspector Denise Easdon, of Northumbria Police, said: “Our neighbourhood policing teams regularly receive calls about off-road motorcycles and quads being ridden in a disorderly manner.
“The selfish actions of a few can have a significant and detrimental impact on our communities, with some riders tearing around our estates and endangering not only their own lives, but the lives of others too.
“Tackling this type of disorder is a priority for us and we are constantly taking action to try and make the public feel safer. The action in South Tyneside on Sunday is just a snapshot of the positive work happening across the force to combat this type of criminality.”
She added: “As ever, we would urge the public to be our eyes and ears. If you see anybody riding in a dangerous manner, please report it – and also make sure you pass on information as to where these bikes are being stored overnight.
“That intelligence can help our teams take coordinated and positive action, and take robust action against those who are making residents’ lives a misery.”
Senior officers said teams in neighbouring Sunderland had also seen success in tackling problem bikers. Officers there used long-lens cameras to identify riders.
Plain-clothed and uniformed officers across the Northumbria Police force area have also been working with local petrol stations to report riders who are seen filling up off-road bikes or petrol containers.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: “I am very aware of the problems these irresponsible riders are causing in the area and have raised concerns on behalf of local people with the Chief Constable.
“I have also requested regular updates on how the matter is being tackled by officers and really welcome the tough, proactive stance that’s being taken here.
“There’s a job to do in educating those who are responsible around the dangers and upset they are causing and as Northumbria Police are making clear – actions have consequences and they will be punished.”
Anyone who is aware of bike-related criminality in their area is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101. You can also pass on information via independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.