Con­stant sound of mo­tor­bikes

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS SPECIAL -

MO­TOR­BIKES roar in the dis­tance – a revving engine grows louder and louder in the still night.

In this part of Ed­in­burgh, their pres­ence has be­come an ac­cepted part of ev­ery­day life, as rou­tine as dark­ness fall­ing.

But more and more res­i­dents are reach­ing the end of their tether with a sit­u­a­tion they brand “com­pletely out of con­trol”.

And you don’t have to walk far in Pil­ton and Muir­house – two bad­ly­hit es­tates in the north of the city – be­fore find­ing some­one who has been di­rectly af­fected.

Re­becca Camp­bell’s cat was de­lib­er­ately run over by yobs on mo­tor­bikes last Septem­ber as part of a sick game.

The beloved fam­ily pet – a 12-year-old gin­ger moggy named Tig­ger – was killed in­stantly when its head was crushed by the wheel.

Mum-of-two Re­becca, 26, said: “I felt aw­ful. It was the hard­est thing. His body had only just been brought back to us and I was try­ing to fig­ure out what to do – and all I can hear is mo­tor­bikes go­ing round and round and round.

“I hate it be­cause I’ve got two kids as well – six and two. They are ter­ri­fied of the mo­tor­bikes com­ing on our street.”

At West Pil­ton Park, large groups of young­sters – some be­lieved to be as young as 12 – con­gre­gate al­most ev­ery night, of­ten with mo­tor­bikes in tow.

John Rodgers, 49, said four scoot­ers be­long­ing to him had been stolen from the area within the space of a year.

He added: “It’s al­ways been bad with the bikes.

“They’re not both­ered. To them it’s just a bit of fun – for other peo­ple its mis­ery.”

A crash in­volv­ing a stolen mo­tor­bike.

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