Putting the brakes on mo­tor­bike me­nace

Po­lice seize ve­hi­cles in fight against an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour

Gloucestershire Echo - - FRONT PAGE - Phillip THOMP­SON phillip.thomp­[email protected]­plc.com

ACRACKDOWN on the an­ti­so­cial use of mo­tor­bikes has seen a num­ber of ve­hi­cles seized and An­ti­so­cial Be­hav­iour In­junc­tion or­ders given out.

The ac­tion was in re­sponse to 34 in­ci­dents be­ing re­ported over the Easter week­end in which mo­tor­bikes were be­ing rid­den in parks and on foot­paths.

Glouces­ter­shire po­lice said in­ci­dents have oc­curred in parks all over Chel­tenham and of­ten the rid­ers do not wear any pro­tec­tive equip­ment.

Kane Townsend, 18, of Cam­ber­well Road, Chel­tenham, was handed an ASBI fol­low­ing a part­ner­ship be­tween Glouces­ter­shire po­lice and So­lace to tackle the is­sue, fol­low­ing a num­ber of in­ci­dents be­ing re­ported over Easter.

As a re­sult of an in­junc­tion se­cured at Glouces­ter County Court, Townsend is now for­bid­den from a num­ber of ac­tivies.

This in­cludes en­gag­ing in con­duct which causes or is ca­pa­ble of caus­ing alarm, ha­rass­ment or dis­tress to any per­son within the town of Chel­tenham.

Townsend is for­bid­den from rid­ing, or be­ing a pas­sen­ger on, any moped in any park, field or open space in Chel­tenham.

He is also for­bid­den from rid­ing any moped at any time un­less he is the reg­is­tered keeper with the DVLA and the moped is taxed and in­sured to him.

A power of ar­rest ap­plies to each con­di­tion and the in­junc­tion is in place for one year, ex­pir­ing May 23 2020.

If mem­bers of the pub­lic wit­ness Townsend breach­ing the in­junc­tion, please con­tact po­lice on 101.

A breach of an in­junc­tion is classed as con­tempt of court and pun­ish­able by an un­lim­ited fine or two years im­pris­on­ment.

Since April 26, of­fi­cers from the Chel­tenham Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team have been work­ing with sev­eral part­ner agen­cies on Oper­a­tion En­durance.

Dur­ing the first month of Oper­a­tion En­durance, Glouces­ter­shire po­lice seized 14 motorcycle­s and is­sued warn­ing no­tices along­side Anti-so­cial Be­hav­iour warn­ing let­ters.

A num­ber of in­ci­dents of mopeds be­ing rid­den anti-so­cially in the Fid­dlers Green area next to a chil­dren’s play area were re­ported dur­ing the school Easter hol­i­days. Agen­cies in­volved with Oper­a­tion En­durance in­clude Glouces­ter­shire Con­stab­u­lary, So­lace, Chel­tenham Bor­ough Homes, Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil, Youth Sup­port Team and So­cial Ser­vices. Glouces­ter­shire po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to work with part­ners to deal with this is­sue and urge peo­ple to call the 101 if they have any in­for­ma­tion or see any motorcycle­s be­ing used il­le­gally or in an an­ti­so­cial man­ner.

If you have any pho­to­graphs of the bikes be­ing rid­den, Glouces­ter­shire po­lice would ap­pre­ci­ate them be­ing sent on as it will al­low them to iden­tify the own­ers and seize their bike, how­ever do not put your­self at risk by do­ing so.

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