Pub­lic praised in crack­down on bad bik­ing

Police seize 27 mopeds and scram­blers

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

THIS is part of the haul of mopeds re­cov­ered by Glouces­ter­shire police since the launch of Op­er­a­tion En­durance – which aims to tackle the an­ti­so­cial use of the bikes and scram­blers in Chel­tenham.

The num­ber of in­ci­dents in Chel­tenham has “re­duced greatly”, police say, with the Chel­tenham Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team ex­press­ing their thanks to the pub­lic for “their con­tin­ued sup­port of Op­er­a­tion En­durance.”

In ad­di­tion to the seizure of the ve­hi­cles, Glouces­ter­shire police said other ac­tions they have taken since May in­clude is­su­ing eight sec­tion 59 warn­ing no­tices to rid­ers, 11 an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour warn­ing let­ters and one in­di­vid­ual re­ceiv­ing an an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in­junc­tion.

So far, 27 mopeds, scram­blers and mo­tor­bikes have been seized by of­fi­cers.

Of these, 10 were stolen, six were be­ing rid­den with­out in­surance, three had no tax, four were aban­doned on the high­way and three were sus­pected to be stolen.

A fur­ther bike was seized af­ter it was con­tin­ued to be used in an an­ti­so­cial man­ner de­spite a warn­ing no­tice be­ing is­sued to the owner.

Sergeant Ju­lia Martin-jones said: “I would like to re­it­er­ate my thanks to mem­bers of the pub­lic who have been sup­port­ing us by send­ing in CCTV footage and re­port­ing in­ci­dents that we should be aware of.

“I feel that the drop in in­ci­dents of bikes be­ing rid­den an­ti­so­cially in Chel­tenham is down to how sup­port­ive lo­cal res­i­dents have been.

“To­day my of­fi­cers iden­ti­fied a moped which was be­ing rid­den an­ti­so­cially in Spring­bank who found that it had no tax, MOT or in­surance.

“The rider did make off but we will now be look­ing to lo­cate the bike and seize it.

“The team will con­tinue to not tol­er­ate any re­ports of an­ti­so­cial bike rid­ing and I hope that the drop in in­ci­dents will con­tinue over the com­ing months.

“Whilst the sunshine is com­ing to an end, we will con­tinue to take ac­tion when needed, and I urge any­one who sees a mo­tor­cy­cle of any kind be­ing used an­ti­so­cially, be that on the road or in a park, to please re­port it to 101.

“It would also be ap­pre­ci­ated if mem­bers of the pub­lic take pho­tos or videos where safe as this will en­able us to track down the rid­ers and deal with them in the ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner.”

Op­er­a­tion En­durance was an op­er­a­tion which launched on May 3, “with the aim of tack­ling the an­ti­so­cial use of mopeds and scrambler bikes in Chel­tenham fol­low­ing a surge of 34 in­ci­dents over the Easter bank hol­i­day week­end”, Glouces­ter­shire police said.

“Neigh­bour­hood of­fi­cers have been work­ing with spe­cial­ist op­er­a­tions of­fi­cers to target those who have been us­ing bikes an­ti­so­cially in both parks and on roads.”

They added that work has been tak­ing place with part­ner agen­cies like Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil, Chel­tenham Bor­ough Homes, So­lace and so­cial ser­vices to “en­sure the use of these bikes in pub­lic places is stopped.”

Some of the mopeds seized by Glouces­ter­shire police since the launch of Op­er­a­tion En­durance

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