Police will use the crusher in their fight against illegal off-road bike riding

Police will use the crusher in their fight against illegal off-road bike riding

Some of the seized motorcycles being crushed following the police crackdown. Picture: DAVID WOOD

Some of the seized motorcycles being crushed following the police crackdown. Picture: DAVID WOOD

Some of the seized motorcycles being crushed following the police crackdown. Picture: DAVID WOOD

Some of the seized motorcycles being crushed following the police crackdown. Picture: DAVID WOOD

Some of the seized motorcycles being crushed following the police crackdown. Picture: DAVID WOOD

PSCO Andrea Hodgson with some of the seized motorcycles waiting to be crushed. Picture: DAVID WOOD

: PSCO Andrea Hodgson with some of the seized motorcycles waiting to be crushed. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8484937)

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YOUNGSTERS who illegally ride off-road motorbikes face having their machines crushed, police are warning.

Police in County Durham are bracing themselves for an increase in calls about problems caused by the young riders with the start of the school summer holidays.

They are launching a campaign to educate youngsters, who often wear no safety equipment, about the dangers they face and the chance they could lose their wheels if they break the law.

Today (Tuesday, July 22) four machines were fed into a mobile crusher at a scrapyard in Sacriston, near Chester-le-Street.

The bikes were seized from youngsters who had ignored police warnings not to ride in public places.

PCSO Andrea Hodgson, of the Durham City Neighbourhood Team, said: “We had a quad bike, a moped and two off-road pit bikes and everything was crushed.

“We have a huge problem in County Durham with off-road bikes being ridden illegally.

“A lot of the kids that buy these bikes don’t realise that they have to have the landowner’s written permission to ride on their land.

“We have got them riding on public footpaths, public roads, over open spaces.

“They are putting themselves in jeopardy and members of the public in jeopardy. We have had people being ridden at. Then there is the noise issue – a lot of them have illegal exhausts."

Police issue warnings that last for 12 months and if the warning is ignored the machine is seized and can only be reclaimed after paying a release fee of several hundred pounds.

PCSO Hodgson added: “Some of the older kids have younger ones riding with them. I have seen toddlers, two ,three years old riding along on the handlebars. None of them wear any protection. It as dangerous to them as it is to members of the public."

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7:25pm Tue 22 Jul 14

stevegg says...

Why should they get a warning lasting 12 months? Police should be able to seize them immediately, another layer of wasteful beurocracy in favour of the anti social, in them 12 months someone could be seriously injured or killed!
Why should they get a warning lasting 12 months? Police should be able to seize them immediately, another layer of wasteful beurocracy in favour of the anti social, in them 12 months someone could be seriously injured or killed! stevegg
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8:31pm Tue 22 Jul 14

urbanwarrior21 says...

The warning stays on file for 12 months but if they are caught riding the bike illegally again within those twelve months the bike is seized and destroyed. I think its a good thing trying to tackle this problem head on.
The warning stays on file for 12 months but if they are caught riding the bike illegally again within those twelve months the bike is seized and destroyed. I think its a good thing trying to tackle this problem head on. urbanwarrior21
  • Score: 17

3:46pm Wed 23 Jul 14

BigKeith1 says...

I personally see a lot of youths riding these bikes without any safety gear. More often than not this is an accident waiting to happen. The seizing of these bikes can only be a good thing. There are places people can go to ride these legally so if they are caught they have absolutely no excuse. Well done to the Police and Wardens I say.
I personally see a lot of youths riding these bikes without any safety gear. More often than not this is an accident waiting to happen. The seizing of these bikes can only be a good thing. There are places people can go to ride these legally so if they are caught they have absolutely no excuse. Well done to the Police and Wardens I say. BigKeith1
  • Score: 4

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