Scrapped Mo­tor­bikes taken off the streets by po­lice are crushed

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Phil NOR­RIS philip.nor­[email protected]­

MO­TOR­BIKES seized from an­ti­so­cial riders in Chel­tenham have been crushed. Op­er­a­tion En­durance has seen around 27 mopeds, scram­blers and mo­tor­bikes taken off the streets by po­lice. And the Chel­tenham Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team vis­ited a scrap­yard to see them be­ing de­stroyed.

The num­ber of in­ci­dents in Chel­tenham in­volv­ing an­ti­so­cial riders “has re­duced greatly”, po­lice say, with of­fi­cers 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 taken since May in­cluded is­su­ing eight sec­tion 59 warn­ing no­tices to riders, 11 an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour warn­ing let­ters and one in­di­vid­ual re­ceiv­ing an an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in­junc­tion.

Of the bikes seized, 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 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.

“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.”

One of the bikes be­ing crushed at a scrap­yard as part of Op­er­a­tion En­durance

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