100 off-road bikes crushed in new po­lice crack­down

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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

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