Scrapped Motorbikes taken off the streets by police are crushed
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