Bike menace clampdown vow by police

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Police are tackling the problem of nuisance bikers in Great Northern Road, Dunstable, after complaints from residents.

A Gazette reader said that boys ride their quad bikes and mopeds on the pavements during the day and night and he has had enough.

He said: “They ride dangerously on the pavements and on the roads. It is disgusting and scary that they are able to do that, they do not care about safety.

“Something needs to be done about it. It is getting ridiculous. I have phoned the police several times, but have had no response.”

Sgt Linda Wilson of Beds Police said: “We are aware of issues regarding quad bikes and off-road motorcycles in the area and we are working hard to address the issue.

“Our officers regularly issue notices to riders who are identified as riding in an anti-social way and when caught again their vehicles will be seized. Those riding in a dangerous manner risk arrest and prosecution.

“We also run operations in Houghton Regis and Dunstable using off-road motorcyclists to identify those responsible and we continue to work with both Central Bedfordshire Council and Houghton Regis Town Council to tackle the problem.

“There are places in the surrounding areas where people can legally ride their motorcycles off-road in a safe and organised environment without putting the safety of pedestrians, dog walkers and horse riders at risk.”

to take a photo, but only if it is safe to do so, in order to help us identify the riders and or locations they are coming from.

“We would also encourage anyone with information to call 101, although no one may call you back, your information will be used to build the intelligence picture even if resources do not attend.

“There are places in the surrounding areas where people can legally ride their motorcycles off road in a safe and organised environment without putting the safety of pedestrians, dog walkers, horse riders as well as their own, at risk.”