Three bikers in police custody after weekend arrests

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

Three nuisance bikers were arrested in the latest crackdown on off-road bikers by Beds Police over the weekend.

Officers took to the streets on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 in problem hotspots in Dunstable and Houghton Regis as part of Operation Meteor, devised to tackle the biking problems.

One man aged 18 from Houghton Regis and a 19-year-old man from Luton were arrested, along with a 14-year-old boy from Houghton Regis, after being seen riding together on one motorbike without helmets.

One was detained at the scene and the two others made off on foot, before being located by police in neighbouring gardens.

The bike was identified as having been stolen during a burglary in Trident Drive, Houghton Regis, on Saturday night.

The three currently remain in police custody.

Over the two days, officers handed out three Section 59 warnings, reported three people for traffic offences and seized two suspected stolen bikes.

Sergeant Mark Pugh, overseeing Operation Meteor, said: “This weekend had some cracking results for our officers and proves that Meteor is having the desired effect.

“We hope the public are reassured by our visible clampdowns, and we would like to remind them that work is also going on behind the scenes to seek out those responsible for committing these offences.

“It’s not just about the overt operations, so anyone who thinks they can get away with causing this community disruption should be aware we have plenty of investigative tricks up our sleeves.”

Sergeant Pugh and the community policing team are also thanking the public for their support as they continue to tackle the issue.

He continued: “No call to our control room is ignored, and every piece of information is useful to help us build up a picture of the problem.

“We would urge anyone who knows anything about this activity to share with us any names, photographs and intelligence they may have by calling 101.

“At the same time, there is an element of social responsibility to this issue, and we would appeal for parents and children who are asking for these vehicles as presents or who are already involved in the practice to think seriously about the risks.

“Roads present a variety of dangers at the best of times, but if you abuse them by riding and racing illegal vehicles, all the while refusing to wear a helmet, you are putting your life, as well as the lives of others, in grave danger.”

Operation Meteor is an ongoing Bedfordshire Police initiative which comprises overt operations and covert intelligence methods to trace prolific nuisance riders and improve the lives of those living in affected areas.