Police chief’s warning to off-road bikers in Kirklees

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Police chiefs are sending a stark warning to off-road bikers to use their vehicles responsibly or risk having them seized and crushed.

There have been over 200 reports of anti-social behaviour relating to the use of off-road bikes in the Huddersfield area so far this year.

There is a dedicated neighbourhood policing bike team who use off-road bikes to patrol and apprehend offenders supported by officers on foot and vehicle patrols.

Inspector Jon Dunkerley, of Huddersfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Nuisance bikes can cause distress and anti-social behaviour with noise nuisance as well as Seized vehiclesa danger to the public and their riders.

“Warnings will be issued to anyone seen riding a bike in an anti-social manner, using an off road bike on the road or causing a danger to other road users. My officers will be using their full scope of powers and will seize these bikes as appropriate which often leads to these being crushed and disposed of - as you can see from these very impactive images.

“There are safe and lawful ways for people to enjoy their hobby but we will not tolerate their use when it is to the detriment of other people trying to enjoy their summer evenings and weekends in peace and safety.”

Anyone who witnesses anyone using an off-road bike on the road or in an anti-social manner is urged to report it to the police via 101. If it is causing immediate danger then call 999. Information can also be passed to independent charity Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111.”