Public praised in crackdown on bad biking
Police seize 27 mopeds and scramblers
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