A COUNCILLOR has warned motor menaces they are putting young lives in danger.
Peterlee town councillor Derrick Sillito says hoodie-wearing and balaclava-clad youths on off-road bikes are plaguing a play park near Hampshire Place and Warwick Place.
He says that despite the efforts of police, he is at the end of his tether, with officers catching culprits and seizing their bikes – only for the yobs to buy new ones.
Police say they are increasing patrols in the area and have issued several antisocial behaviour notices against off-road motorcyclists.
Coun Sillito said: “If they hit a child, they will kill them. It’s an accident waiting to happen and has been going on for months.
“The bikes are racing through the park. They are also flying past the park on the pavements nearly every night and on weekends.
“As you can imagine, there will be young bairns in the park, and I want parents to be extra careful.
“You can’t close the parks – the bairns will only be on the streets. It’s down to putting some plan together to catch the bikers.” Peterlee Police Inspector Dave Coxon said the East Durham Area Action Partnership had funded extra patrols by Durham Police’s motorbike section in a bid to catch the culprits.
He added that in one weekend recently, three off-ride bikers in East Durham were issued with anti-social behaviour notices.
Inspector Coxon added: “We will be continuing to target these individuals to prevent them from using their motorbikes in an antisocial manner, and conducting further patrols in the area.”