Crackdown on the ‘blight’ of bikers promised

Three bikers were arrested in Operation Meteor's latest sting
Three bikers were arrested in Operation Meteor's latest sting

The blight of nuisance bikers on residents in Houghton Regis could soon be tackled head on.

A joint committee of Central and district councillors has been set up to co-ordinate action against the bikers.

The group, set up by the Houghton Regis Partnership Committee, will look at all aspects of the problem and consider ways to address it. It will work with the police and other teams including community safety, environmental protection and youth workers to try and introduce measures to reduce the antisocial behaviour.

Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Houghton Regis is a great area to live and there are plenty of fantastic things going on there.

“However, we realise that nuisance bikers have been causing upset for residents, which is why we are working together to try to eradicate the problem.

“This is a problem faced by councils nationwide, and unfortunately there is no simple solution.

“It is encouraging to hear from residents who say that the situation has started to improve over the past few weeks following the implementation of some of these measures.

“I would encourage anyone who has any feedback to get in touch with their local ward member.”

Clare Evans, Clerk of Houghton Regis Town Council, said: “The issue can at times be extensive and is blight on the lives of local residents.

“It is hoped that by developing a robust framework containing variable solutions that this negative issue can be minimised or removed.”

Residents are being urged not to take matters into their own hands to deal with nuisance bikers, but to call Bedfordshire Police on 101 with any concerns.