Nuisance bikers have been targeted in a crackdown across Doncaster which has resulted in warnings and motorcycle seizures.
Agencies including Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Police carried out a joint operation to tackle the problem of illegal off road motorcycles and quad bikes.
Residents including farmers have raised concerns about erratic and dangerous riding and damage to farmers land and crops as well as footpaths and bridleways.
The Safer Stronger Doncaster Partnership group has bought dedicated off road motorcycles to be used by specially-trained police officers in Doncaster during these joint operations.
Three off road South Yorkshire Police motorcycles were deployed as part of the operation, which took place on Sunday 26 March. 18 staff from the police and partners also took part.
This resulted in 19 warning notices being issued and an illegal motorcycle being seized. In addition, photographic evidence was obtained which will be the subject of further analysis and investigation.
Doncaster Council’s Head of Community Safety Bill Hotchkiss, who supported the operation, said: “This operation was the result of intensive partnership working to tackle a problem, which affects many of our communities. Anyone engaged in the illegal use of off road motor cycles or quad bikes should think very hard before using them, as their actions could result in vehicles being seized, particularly if they are not insured for use on public roads.
“The tactics we have deployed show that we can be successful in bringing offenders to justice and warn people about the dangers, as we now have the capability to stop vehicles safely, using specially trained police officers supported by partnership staff.”
Chief Superintendent Tim Innes, Doncaster district commander, added: “This action has taken place in many areas across Doncaster, responding to the concerns of communities. We have stopped vehicles, issued warning notices and taken photographs of people involved, which will be published on our website for identifications to be made and follow up action to be taken.
“We rely upon help from the public to identify key locations where this is a problem. Therefore if you have any concerns about anti-social behaviour caused by the use of off-road nuisance motorcycles or quad bikes, please do not hesitate to speak to your local police officer or PCSO, or alternatively report it to us via 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”