100 off-road bikes crushed in new police crackdown
RIDE an off-road bike illegally? Or without insur- ance?
If the police get hold of it, it will be crushed and shredded.
GMP recently gave a warning to people who ride motorbikes antisocially – causing problems for residents across Greater Manchester – of what will happen if they’re caught.
More than 100 off-road bikes were destroyed after being seized from riders across the region over 12 months. Police say the bikes are noisy and dangerous – and are determined to crack down on them. Last week, police took them to a recycling centre in Preston to have them destroyed.
Out of the 100 bikes crushed, 25 were seized for illegal use and 75 due ●● to the rider having no insurance.
Superintendent Gareth TELEPHONE: www. glossopcaravans. co. uk Parkin, from GMP’s Wigan Division, said: “Off–road bikes are a genuine concern for local residents, but we’ve listened, we’ve responded and we’ve taken action.
“These vehicles are being used illegally and the fact is that riders may not realise this and need to ensure they are aware of where they can ride safely and without posing a threat to members of the public.
“We’re sending out a clear message to offenders that we will use all our powers to take action which could see their bikes seized and ultimately end up being crushed.”
Will Blandamer, assistant director for partnership, safeguarding and reform at Wigan council, said: “We’re very aware of the detrimental impact this issue can have on local residents and are pleased to be supporting the work of GMP to tackle illegal off-road bikes.”
The bikes were crushed and disposed of by Recycling Lives, which recycles vehicles while supporting charities, creates jobs and helps with offender rehabilitation.
Danny Jackson, Recycling Lives operations director, said: “Where these bikes have been seized for anti-social use, by recycling them with Recycling Lives, GMP is contributing to creating social good.
“The bikes have now been fully recycled for reuse.
“We are glad to be able to help the police to make streets safer for the public while minimising negative environmental impact.” A number of north west firms have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Widely regarded as the most prestigious business awards in the country, they recognise outstanding results in innovation, international trade and sustainable development.
Awards went to Stockport energy firm Edina UK, Euromixers based in Cheadle Hulme, Tameside business technology solutions supplier Brother UK, Manchester-based farming innovator Cocogreen and Salford IT specialists Mason Advisory Ltd.
Others to scoop awards include Oldham-based Innovative Technology Ltd, Proseal UK based in Adlington, medical technology company Elucigene Diagnostics, IT consultancy BJSS and tech firm Informed Solutions based in Altrincham.
Steve Watmough, Mason Advisory CEO, said: “Many businesses in the region and across the UK carry out impressive work around the globe, so this really puts us on the map and will hopefully propel us towards the next stage of our international growth.”
Some of the bikes sent to be crushed