Councillor says quad bikers target Baildon just to upset the residents

A quad biker drives on the road in Baildon

A quad biker drives on the road in Baildon

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Aire/Worth Valley Reporter

Police will study footage of a quad biker hurtling round a town’s roundabout after the video attracted thousands of internet views and strongly-worded criticism.

On Sunday, Councillor Ian Lyons obtained footage of the helmetless quad biker riding in a manner that he claimed was “terrorising” residents of Baildon.

And Coun Lyons said the problem was more widespread, with gangs on quads and trail bikes targeting the town with on-road stunts and antics, purely for the perverse pleasure of scaring residents.

He said: “I discovered on the internet that this sort of riding is a popular trend and part of a culture that just enjoys flouting the law.

“Things they do might not be illegal, as with the rider on Sunday who was on a registered bike, didn’t need a helmet and was not part of a gang.

“But it is still terrorising people, in my opinion,” Coun Lyons said.

“And often they are breaking the law on unregistered trail bikes which tear around everywhere.

“People are absolutely sick to the back teeth of them – even the sound of the roaring engines is enough to scare elderly people.”

And he said there was even a loose-linked local group of riders dubbed “The 12 o’clock Boys” which organises trips to well-heeled areas like Baildon.

“In my view, they love riding around Baildon just because it upsets people so much.”

The “12 o’clock Boys” is also a cult documentary made last year about a notorious dirtbike gang in Baltimore, US.

“This is also part of a bigger trend called ‘Ridelife’ where riders film themselves doing tricks and stunts on ordinary streets then put it on Youtube,” Coun Lyons said.

“And wouldn’t be so much ‘fun’ in an area where people didn’t care so much.”

He put the footage on his Facebook page on Sunday and within an hour it had 6,000 views.

By yesterday afternoon that had risen to 16,000.

Sergeant Dominic Kirkley, from Shipley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Anyone found to be using a quad bike illegally or riding one dangerously faces having their machine seized, a fine and a possible prison sentence.

“I would also ask anyone who knows of a quad bike being ridden illegally or dangerously to report the matter to police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, and we will investigate.”

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6:00pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Avro says...

See that sort of thing in the BD3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 areas of Bradford 7 days a week!
See that sort of thing in the BD3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 areas of Bradford 7 days a week! Avro
  • Score: 3

6:21pm Mon 20 Jan 14

steve10 says...

No doubt when he spills off it he will get to claim thousands from some poor drivers insurance.

The picture shows his registration plate so why is it obscured ?? lets see it and then Joe public can watch out for him.
No doubt when he spills off it he will get to claim thousands from some poor drivers insurance. The picture shows his registration plate so why is it obscured ?? lets see it and then Joe public can watch out for him. steve10
  • Score: 11

6:33pm Mon 20 Jan 14

alive and awake says...

where's plod?
where's plod? alive and awake
  • Score: 4

6:41pm Mon 20 Jan 14

info4u says...

and along Rowantree Drive Thorpe edge daily scrambler bikes quad bike you name it in groups and the police and the mp david ward proudly say they can do nothing so now you know who not to vote for. wait until someone gets hit by one ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
and along Rowantree Drive Thorpe edge daily scrambler bikes quad bike you name it in groups and the police and the mp david ward proudly say they can do nothing so now you know who not to vote for. wait until someone gets hit by one ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, info4u
  • Score: 9

8:46pm Mon 20 Jan 14

The Hoffster says...

Avro wrote:
See that sort of thing in the BD3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 areas of Bradford 7 days a week!
Stop lying, Islamophobe.

This kind of behaviour is typical of the BNP/EDL sink estates up and down the country.
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: See that sort of thing in the BD3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 areas of Bradford 7 days a week![/p][/quote]Stop lying, Islamophobe. This kind of behaviour is typical of the BNP/EDL sink estates up and down the country. The Hoffster
  • Score: -3

11:15pm Mon 20 Jan 14

pottytime says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Avro wrote:
See that sort of thing in the BD3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 areas of Bradford 7 days a week!
Stop lying, Islamophobe.

This kind of behaviour is typical of the BNP/EDL sink estates up and down the country.
which estates are you generalising about?
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: See that sort of thing in the BD3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 areas of Bradford 7 days a week![/p][/quote]Stop lying, Islamophobe. This kind of behaviour is typical of the BNP/EDL sink estates up and down the country.[/p][/quote]which estates are you generalising about? pottytime
  • Score: 4

6:56am Tue 21 Jan 14

bobbyo says...

High time quad bikes were banned end of .
High time quad bikes were banned end of . bobbyo
  • Score: 2

2:18pm Tue 21 Jan 14

james craggs says...

Bikers doing nothing illegal then, there's a story just made for the arch publicist Ian Lyons.
Councillor Lyons (Lib Dem) a question for you,' why are the Liberal Demorcrats supporting the Tory cuts to council funding and robbing the people of Shipley and Baildon of vital services?'
. That's more the topic you should be looking at rather than quad bikers who are doing nothing illegal, or maybe there's less votes in the hard questions.
Bikers doing nothing illegal then, there's a story just made for the arch publicist Ian Lyons. Councillor Lyons (Lib Dem) a question for you,' why are the Liberal Demorcrats supporting the Tory cuts to council funding and robbing the people of Shipley and Baildon of vital services?' . That's more the topic you should be looking at rather than quad bikers who are doing nothing illegal, or maybe there's less votes in the hard questions. james craggs
  • Score: -6

2:30pm Tue 21 Jan 14

JohnnyBd says...

Ian Lyons has a fair point this time. I am just not sure at what point he became a Councillor? It was my understanding that the title was reserved for elected, paid members of the city council, not a parish (town)council? Please correct me if I am wrong......I simply feel the title is misleading.
Ian Lyons has a fair point this time. I am just not sure at what point he became a Councillor? It was my understanding that the title was reserved for elected, paid members of the city council, not a parish (town)council? Please correct me if I am wrong......I simply feel the title is misleading. JohnnyBd
  • Score: -4

6:06pm Tue 21 Jan 14

taleoftruth says...

JohnnyBd wrote:
Ian Lyons has a fair point this time. I am just not sure at what point he became a Councillor? It was my understanding that the title was reserved for elected, paid members of the city council, not a parish (town)council? Please correct me if I am wrong......I simply feel the title is misleading.
If you're a member of a council then you're a councillor. These days parish and town councils are probably more relevant than the district council. Besides, if they were paid it would be full of tories. As it is, they only chase the paid posts, none of them on Baildon Town Council, and only one of them is a school governor, a requirement for a separate paid role. Probably tells you something about what motivates each of them.
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBd[/bold] wrote: Ian Lyons has a fair point this time. I am just not sure at what point he became a Councillor? It was my understanding that the title was reserved for elected, paid members of the city council, not a parish (town)council? Please correct me if I am wrong......I simply feel the title is misleading.[/p][/quote]If you're a member of a council then you're a councillor. These days parish and town councils are probably more relevant than the district council. Besides, if they were paid it would be full of tories. As it is, they only chase the paid posts, none of them on Baildon Town Council, and only one of them is a school governor, a requirement for a separate paid role. Probably tells you something about what motivates each of them. taleoftruth
  • Score: 5

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