Police crack down on mini-moto riders

Swindon Advertiser: PCSO Juliet Evans with a seized mini-moto in Highworth PCSO Juliet Evans with a seized mini-moto in Highworth

YOBS riding mini-motos, off-road bikes and quad bikes anti-socially or illegally are the target of a neighbourhood police crackdown.

Swindon North Sector officers have launched a campaign with the Swindon Community Safety Partnership’s Anti-social Behaviour Unit and in partnership with the Woodland Trust to tackle the problem, which is expected to rise during the school summer holidays.

The hot spot areas they will be targeting include Stratton Woods, Stanton Park, Mouldon Hill, Kingsdown, Upper Stratton, Merton Fields and Meadowcroft, Sevenfields and alleyways between Pinehurst, Penhill and Abbey Meads, and Pembroke Park in Moredon.

PC Marc Jackson, Community Beat Manager for the Swindon North Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This is an on-going problem in our community; since January we have had 60 calls regarding motorcycle related anti-social behaviour in the North Sector of Swindon, and reports usually increase during the summer holidays.

“This campaign will focus on education and prevention.

“We hope that by raising awareness among riders and the public we can reduce the number of motorcycles being ridden illegally and reduce anti-social behaviour.”

Associated problems reported to police include bikes being ridden on pavements and bridleways causing alarm to walkers and horse riders, noise from vehicles late at night and people feeling intimated by groups riding these motorbikes.

Officers will be visiting schools to educate youngsters about this issue and in hot spot areas patrols will be increased to identify offenders.

To raise awareness of the problem, the Community Safety Partnership will be running a week of action from Monday with the Swindon Safe bus parked at the North Orbital Shopping Centre on June 21 between 10am and 2pm.

Police can seize vehicles and seek Acceptable Behaviour Contracts for offenders, as well as issue fines for traffic offences and make arrests.

Anyone who witnesses motorcycles being driven illegally or in an anti-social manner should call Wiltshire Police on 101.

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8:19pm Fri 15 Jun 12

silvergran says...

Well I hope the Police are about during night time hours, the last ones we experienced in the Meadowcroft area was after midnight
Well I hope the Police are about during night time hours, the last ones we experienced in the Meadowcroft area was after midnight silvergran

10:43pm Fri 15 Jun 12

greenpacer says...

We have one problem here in Toothill with youngsters parking their bikes on a pavement completely blocking it. But it's the same with cars and vans around here that get parked illegally and nothing gets done about it.
We have one problem here in Toothill with youngsters parking their bikes on a pavement completely blocking it. But it's the same with cars and vans around here that get parked illegally and nothing gets done about it. greenpacer

1:27pm Sat 16 Jun 12

PJC says...

I've occasionally seen them in the back alleys of Old Town in day time too.
I've occasionally seen them in the back alleys of Old Town in day time too. PJC

4:11pm Sat 16 Jun 12

dglaholm says...

Been a problem for years...Never been sorted out....Perenial problem...
Been a problem for years...Never been sorted out....Perenial problem... dglaholm

7:27pm Sun 17 Jun 12

ManWithCar says...

greenpacer wrote:
We have one problem here in Toothill with youngsters parking their bikes on a pavement completely blocking it. But it's the same with cars and vans around here that get parked illegally and nothing gets done about it.
Greenpacer - why not just kick them off the pavement?
[quote][p][bold]greenpacer[/bold] wrote: We have one problem here in Toothill with youngsters parking their bikes on a pavement completely blocking it. But it's the same with cars and vans around here that get parked illegally and nothing gets done about it.[/p][/quote]Greenpacer - why not just kick them off the pavement? ManWithCar

2:00am Mon 18 Jun 12

Peter_Gurney says...

I came across two men in their early twenties riding their mini moto in Brook Park, N. Swindon during the day at the weekend. I make it a point of trying to speak/confront them, yes I know you are going to say this is stupid and I could have got hurt. But in most cases these people aren't criminals but boys who it seems don't seem to realise this isn't acceptable behaviour to everyone else. Yes at first I got the finger and some abuse but after speaking to them both in a reasonable tone I got through to at least one of them and I personally haven't seen them again in day light hours. As for full size moto cross bikes been riden at speed around foot paths and the parks in and around Priory Vale at night. Again whilst walking my dogs, I had the opportunity to get up close and personal on one of the two occasions I came into contact with these two men. This time I wasn't so reasonable and saw red. I did my best to block their path and made sure as best I could as they got next to me that they knew just how angry I felt towards them. Again they haven't been heard or seen since. I am not advocating conflict but why should we simply sit by, people behaving badly should be told so. In my experience these people don't like conflict either and will go else where, if they do. Bad behaviour mustn't be tolerated or ignored, they must understand just how much people are disgusted by their behaviour. It won't stop them all but even if one or two are detered this must be a sucess...
I came across two men in their early twenties riding their mini moto in Brook Park, N. Swindon during the day at the weekend. I make it a point of trying to speak/confront them, yes I know you are going to say this is stupid and I could have got hurt. But in most cases these people aren't criminals but boys who it seems don't seem to realise this isn't acceptable behaviour to everyone else. Yes at first I got the finger and some abuse but after speaking to them both in a reasonable tone I got through to at least one of them and I personally haven't seen them again in day light hours. As for full size moto cross bikes been riden at speed around foot paths and the parks in and around Priory Vale at night. Again whilst walking my dogs, I had the opportunity to get up close and personal on one of the two occasions I came into contact with these two men. This time I wasn't so reasonable and saw red. I did my best to block their path and made sure as best I could as they got next to me that they knew just how angry I felt towards them. Again they haven't been heard or seen since. I am not advocating conflict but why should we simply sit by, people behaving badly should be told so. In my experience these people don't like conflict either and will go else where, if they do. Bad behaviour mustn't be tolerated or ignored, they must understand just how much people are disgusted by their behaviour. It won't stop them all but even if one or two are detered this must be a sucess... Peter_Gurney

9:50am Mon 18 Jun 12

I 2 Could B says...

There will be no 'crackdown'. The courts will do nothing.

Nothing will change. It never does.
There will be no 'crackdown'. The courts will do nothing. [p] Nothing will change. It never does. I 2 Could B

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