THE brakes have been slammed on the menace motorbikers who plague residents with their riding.
The pesky bikers have been churning up footpaths at Pete Carr estate in Hetton as well as annoying residents with noise as they tear around the open land surrounding Pete Carr farmhouse.
In a bid to curb the bad behaviour, officers have teamed up with housing group Gentoo to tackle the problem by putting up metal barriers and fencing around the field.
It is hoped this will stop bikers from riding on to the field.
Sergeant Andy Taylor, of the neighbourhood policing team, said: “There has been an ongoing problem with off-road motorbikes on that field and we have had complaints from residents.
“We have put up fences and four barriers and gates around the field to try and prevent them from being able to get on the field.”
Officers and Gentoo also cleared up rubbish left on the land.
And it is hoped the barriers will prevent people from fly-tipping.
Michelle Meldrum, deputy director of Gentoo Sunderland, said: “Gentoo always welcomes new ideas on ways to tackle and prevent antisocial behaviour.
“We hope that the metal gates will make a positive difference to the residents on this estate.
“We will continue to work in partnership with the police to monitor the situation.”