Stingers out for nuisance off road motorcyclists to stop them riding at people and their dogs

Police warn motoryclists that they will take action against nuisance riders.

Police warn motoryclists that they will take action against nuisance riders. - Credit: Archant

Rogue off-road motorcyclists in March are being warned that police are taking action to stop their bad behaviour following complaints of riding their bikes at people and their dogs,

Stingers and path blocks are being set up, local garages asked to not supply young riders with fuel and devices put in place to record bad behaviour.

Local officers investigating reports of anti-social riding along Barkers Lane and bridle ways issued a young rider with a warning for causing annoyance while riding in an anti-social manner.

If he does it again his motorcycle will be seized to prevent further danger to members of the public.

A spokesman for March Police said on their Facebook page that motorcyclists have always used the paths and bridleways around March to have some fun but they were polite and courteous of other ‘path users’, stopping and giving way when necessary.

“Although this was illegal no one was overly concerned because they were so considerate. This was okay,” the spokesman said.

“Then one day a new breed of motorcyclists appeared. Driving at people and their dogs believing they were above the law. This is not okay.

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“Along came the friendly local police officers who tried to speak to said motorcyclists.

“But they refused to stop. Driving like idiots putting other road users at risk. This too is not okay.

“So as they didn’t want to speak to the officers a series of measures have had to be put in place.”

These include:

• Local garages have been asked not to supply them with fuel.

• Physical barriers have been requested to prevent them.

• Devices have been set up to record and prevent them.

Officers will be visiting those who continue and will seize the bikes, prosecuting them for failing to stop for the police and dangerous driving.

They will also be prosecuted for any other offences relating to the use of vehicles in a public place and any licence or insurance offences. “These offences will quickly stack up and said bikers may find themselves in prison.

It is illegal to ride a motorcycle in any public place without a valid licence or insurance.

A public path is not considered “off road” in law and vehicles must be adapted for use on public paths the same as if they were on a road.

• If anyone wishes to keep their bike and arrange a legal location that they can safely use their bikes they can email Police can then co-ordinate all interested parties to find a suitable alternative.

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