Police move in to seize motorbikes

PUBLISHED: 13:10 23 February 2007 | UPDATED: 22:37 28 May 2010

POLICE seized two motorbikes as part of a clampdown in March. It follows an increase in motorcycles being used illegally in and around the town. Officers have received a number of complaints from land owners about machines being driven on private land wit

POLICE seized two motorbikes as part of a clampdown in March.

It follows an increase in motorcycles being used illegally in and around the town.

Officers have received a number of complaints from land owners about machines being driven on private land without permission.

In some instances, crops have been damaged.

Pc Frank Martin, from the March and district neighbourhood policing team, said: "Two youths had motorbikes seized after they were caught riding them on a public road with no insurance.

"This, in itself, is illegal. However, what was more concerning was that neither boy was wearing a crash helmet."

Under the Police Reform Act 2002, police have the power to seize any vehicle, being used illegally or anti-socially.

The owner must then pay a fine to have the vehicle released. Officers are also able to seize any vehicle being driven on a public road where the driver does not have insurance or a licence.

Pc Martin said: "Patrols in the Lambshill Drove and Barkers Lane areas have been increased and we will continue to use all the powers available to combat this problem.

"Driving motorbikes on public roads without the appropriate documentation and driving on private land without permission is not only disruptive but also dangerous.

"I would urge anyone who owns a motorbike or is a parent of a child who owns one to think about the consequences before breaking the law.


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