Gangs of masked motorcyclists have been spotted riding through the streets of Mexborough causing alarm among elderly residents.
Groups of up to five riders clad in balaclavas have been tearing up and down the town’s estates causing noise nuisance and even swearing at passers-by who complain.
The incidents were revealed at a public meeting with police in which officers also said there has been an increase in anti-social behaviour incidents in the past month. This included reports of groups drinking and drug taking on school playing fields.
Kenny Barron, 70, of Sandown Road, Mexborough, chairman of Doncaster Federation of TARAs, told the Times: “In the last few weeks I have seen these riders with just slits on their masks going up and down the Manor Estate.
“It is very intimidating especially for older people. They make a great noise and it is very irritating.”
Mr Barron raised the issue with councillors and council representatives during a meeting at the Batia Centre in Mexborough on Monday.
Resident Frank Knapton MBE, 77, of Morton Road, Mexborough, who also attended the meeting, said: “I have reported it myself, they have been on Harlington Road and around the other streets.
“They are doing it to conceal their identities. It is very worrying and they have sworn at people when they go past.”
Last Thursday, police told a Partners And Communities Together (PACT) meeting in Mexborough Resource Centre that they would be clamping down on off-road nuisance motorcyclists.
Officers also revealed there has been 177 anti-social behaviour incidents reported from early August to early September, compared with 141 in the previous month.
This represents an increase of around 25 per cent.
Sergeant Dave Jones said: “We held a youth surgery and the nuisance motorcyclists issue was reported to us. It is a burning issue for us and it is not just in Mexborough, it is borough-wide.
“Aside from this, we also had reports of youths drinking and drug taking on a field off Clayfield Road so we will also be looking at that.”
Sgt Jones added that a wide-ranging survey of more than 800 Mexborough residents conducted over the summer revealed those who responded were most concerned about nuisance motorcyclists.
He told the meeting; “15 per cent of the responses highlighted nuisance motorcyclists and as a concern, 13 per cent said drug taking and 11 per cent said nuisance neighbours.
“These are the main issues highlighted to us and that is what we will be targeting our resources on in the coming months.”
Anti-social behaviour incidents can be reported to police by ringing the non-emergency number 101.