Quad squad seizes 64 nuisance bikes in first two months of operation

Chief Inspector Damien Miller, head of Neighbourhoods and Inspector George Bardell, who leads the bike team.

Chief Inspector Damien Miller, head of Neighbourhoods and Inspector George Bardell, who leads the bike team.

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A POLICE team set up to tackle nuisance quad and off-road bikes has snared more than 60 machines in its first two months.

The Anti-Social Bike Team targets people riding those vehicles illegally on Bradford's roads.

And since it was set up eight weeks ago, 64 bikes have been seized by officers, 53 Section 59 warnings have been issued, and 42 warning letters have been sent to people associated with using nuisance bikes.

Section 59 warnings last for one year. If the driver or the vehicle are spotted driving or being driven in an anti-social way in that year, the machine can be seized by officers.

Sergeant Jon Best, of the Bradford East Area Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "We are very pleased with what the bike team has achieved in such a short space of time, as well as the positive reaction we have had from the public of Bradford.

"We would like to thank them for giving us the information which has enabled us to make these seizures, and helped to make it a more peaceful summer for residents.

"We anticipate fewer reports of nuisance riders as the weather turns colder, but would continue to urge people to use the (01274) 373968 number and provide as much information as they can, particularly if they think they know where the bikes are being stored.

"We will continue to work closely with our partners to identify these nuisance riders, seize their machines and where possible, bring them before the courts."

The police have also worked alongside Bradford social housing provider Incommunities while tackling the problem.

A spokesman for Incommunities said: "We are delighted with the positive results that the bike team has achieved in such a short space of time.

"Incommunities will continue to work with our partners and the police to serve warnings or court proceedings where the police clampdown has produced evidence of bikes causing nuisance to our tenants and residents."

Five men appeared at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court on Tuesday in relation to charges of riding off-road bikes dangerously on Idlethorpe Way and Rockwell Lane in Thorpe Edge on January 19 this year.

Levi Lambert, 21, Kyle Roper, 20, Sean Kirby, 20, Jake Fry-Morrell and David Sparkes, 19, all pleaded not guilty. They are now scheduled to appear at Bradford Crown Court on September 16.

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9:59am Thu 4 Sep 14

yezboss says...

I'd like to see more action in the Killinghall Road, Pollard Lane, Wrose locations. They 'drive' along those roads seemingly un-challenged weaving in and out of traffic causing chaos. From noon to evening time in particular and it's not just quads it's two wheel off-road machines too. The inevitable result wil be a fatality, so long as it is to the rider and not an innocent road user it won't bother me much. They purport to be motorcyclists but are a disgrace to that class of road user.
I'd like to see more action in the Killinghall Road, Pollard Lane, Wrose locations. They 'drive' along those roads seemingly un-challenged weaving in and out of traffic causing chaos. From noon to evening time in particular and it's not just quads it's two wheel off-road machines too. The inevitable result wil be a fatality, so long as it is to the rider and not an innocent road user it won't bother me much. They purport to be motorcyclists but are a disgrace to that class of road user. yezboss
  • Score: 35

10:18am Thu 4 Sep 14

Bikerbeardy says...

Well said mate, also Heaton appears to be a menace area
Well said mate, also Heaton appears to be a menace area Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 23

10:43am Thu 4 Sep 14

Baildon girl says...

yezboss wrote:
I'd like to see more action in the Killinghall Road, Pollard Lane, Wrose locations. They 'drive' along those roads seemingly un-challenged weaving in and out of traffic causing chaos. From noon to evening time in particular and it's not just quads it's two wheel off-road machines too. The inevitable result wil be a fatality, so long as it is to the rider and not an innocent road user it won't bother me much. They purport to be motorcyclists but are a disgrace to that class of road user.
Was going to say whenever im up Undercliffe area always see a lot driving in an intimidating way. Always quite alot in Wibsey aswell
[quote][p][bold]yezboss[/bold] wrote: I'd like to see more action in the Killinghall Road, Pollard Lane, Wrose locations. They 'drive' along those roads seemingly un-challenged weaving in and out of traffic causing chaos. From noon to evening time in particular and it's not just quads it's two wheel off-road machines too. The inevitable result wil be a fatality, so long as it is to the rider and not an innocent road user it won't bother me much. They purport to be motorcyclists but are a disgrace to that class of road user.[/p][/quote]Was going to say whenever im up Undercliffe area always see a lot driving in an intimidating way. Always quite alot in Wibsey aswell Baildon girl
  • Score: 22

2:19pm Thu 4 Sep 14

I'm sparticus says...

The chances are that many of the bikes/quads they are seizing are stolen anyway. So by taking confiscating them, you then create the new problem of them going out and stealing another one to cause further nuisance on. What the police need to do is properly identify the bike and if found to be stolen to then prosecute the toes wrags severly enough to act as a deterrant #VICIOUSCIRCLE
The chances are that many of the bikes/quads they are seizing are stolen anyway. So by taking confiscating them, you then create the new problem of them going out and stealing another one to cause further nuisance on. What the police need to do is properly identify the bike and if found to be stolen to then prosecute the toes wrags severly enough to act as a deterrant #VICIOUSCIRCLE I'm sparticus
  • Score: 3

4:50pm Thu 4 Sep 14

davetherave2012 says...

well done to the police, I have noticed its much more peaceful, keep up the good work, and take another 64 bikes, by then might start sleeping again.
well done to the police, I have noticed its much more peaceful, keep up the good work, and take another 64 bikes, by then might start sleeping again. davetherave2012
  • Score: 13

6:32pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Biggus Dickus says...

There's one mug who keeps riding his motorcycle around the smith ave/ Southfield ave area of Odsal on a nightly basis. Try n take his away too please.
There's one mug who keeps riding his motorcycle around the smith ave/ Southfield ave area of Odsal on a nightly basis. Try n take his away too please. Biggus Dickus
  • Score: 9

8:59am Fri 5 Sep 14

MontyLeMar says...

Well done to the police. I must admit that the roads around Wrose seem a bit quieter, haven't seen as many madheads but they could just be lying low. There was one idiot on a quad a few months ago, asian, no helmet, no mask, especially noisy exhaust, never seemed to be going anywhere except up and down Wrose road then lying low in the Claremonts for a rest, then off again. Complete loon. Hopefully now cooling off in a young offenders holiday chalet.
Well done to the police. I must admit that the roads around Wrose seem a bit quieter, haven't seen as many madheads but they could just be lying low. There was one idiot on a quad a few months ago, asian, no helmet, no mask, especially noisy exhaust, never seemed to be going anywhere except up and down Wrose road then lying low in the Claremonts for a rest, then off again. Complete loon. Hopefully now cooling off in a young offenders holiday chalet. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 1

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