Putting the brakes on motorbike menaces

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POLICE have put the brakes on motorbike menaces.

During the summer months Washington Neighbourhood Policing Team targeted individuals riding motorbikes inconsiderately and dangerously, through local parks and streets in the villages in the town.

The operation – codenamed Operation Drift – saw the number of reports of motorbike disorder fall 60 per cent during the six week school holiday.

Additional officers carried out patrols – on foot and bikes – using body cameras to film those causing a nuisance.

In the past eight weeks, three people were arrested leading to two people being charged with driving without due care, five vehicles were seized while 10 warning notices were issued.

Washington Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Stewart, said: “Operation Drift was set up in response to concerns raised by residents.

“This focussed operation has sent a strong message to those individuals who cause a nuisance and damage the environment with off-road motorbikes that we are targeting them and will take action against their behaviour.

“During the summer the operation has seen the number of reports reduce to 28 compared to 72 reports we received in the same period last year.”