POLICE are targeting motorcycle menaces in the Easington Lane area of Sunderland.
It follows a number of complaints by concerned residents about the problem.
Police have been made aware of riders taking motorbikes off-road, putting pedestrians and cyclists at risk.
Extra patrols have been mounted in a bid to identify those responsible and deter further offending.
The patrols also aim to reassure residents with an increased uniform presence.
Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Musgrove said: “Officers are taking action by increasing patrols in the Easington Lane area.
“We want to make riders aware that they are committing an offence by riding in these areas without the landowners’ permission.
“Most importantly, they are putting the public at risk by riding in these areas, and also compromising their own safety.
“Some have been seen without a helmet, and even with small children on their bikes.
“Some riders also have no licence or insurance, which are further offences.
“Motorcycle disorder not only causes a great annoyance to residents, disrupting their quality of life, but it can also can be extremely dangerous.
“We are concerned this kind of activity could end up with someone getting seriously injured or even killed.
“Riders also face being arrested for driving offences.
“I would urge anyone with information on motorcycle disorder to contact us so we can continue to cut offences.
“We would also ask for local people to give us information about where these bikes are stored. All calls will be treated in confidence.”
Police will issue section 59 notices to anyone found riding a motorbike carelessly.
These warn riders that if they continue to drive anti-socially or dangerously, their vehicle will be seized and may be crushed.
The action forms part of Operation Dragoon, which is Northumbria Police’s response to dangerous drivers in cars or on motorbikes.
Pc Adam Carlton, Easington Lane neighbourhood beat manager, added: “If you have any information that would help us in our efforts to stamp out this behaviour, or would like to speak to a member of the local Neighbourhood Policing Team, please contact us via the 101 number or visit the local Police and Communities Together (PACT) meeting for your area.
“You will find the dates for the next meetings by visiting the Northumbria Police website.”