Anger over nuisance motorcyclists on Thorpe Edge estate

Anger over nuisance motorcyclists on Thorpe Edge estate

Anger over nuisance motorcyclists on Thorpe Edge estate

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

A motorist is counting the cost of idiot bikers plaguing residents on a Bradford estate after one of them ran into the back of his car.

The 50-year-old has been left with a £150 bill, and had to flee to a police station when he was confronted by the rider’s pals.

The victim, who does not want to be identified for his own protection, said groups of uninsured and illegal riders, without helmets, have been causing a nuisance on the Thorpe Edge estate and surrounding areas for six months with their antics on off-road scrambling motorbikes.

One elderly man who uses a walking stick was terrorised when a group of riders rode circles around him and a resident with heart problems was left distraught by the bikes being ridden up and down outside his home.

Police, responding to information from worried members of the public, have used CCTV footage and the force helicopter to help gather evidence and are hoping to make arrests.

They are also set to use anti-social behaviour legislation and are working closely with homes provider Incommunities to evict those who break the terms of their tenancies.

The 50-year-old man told how he was driving his Mondeo estate in Rockwell Lane, Thorpe Edge, when one of the bike riders began doing wheelies behind him. The motorist then had to stop to let traffic come through from the opposite direction.

“I looked in my mirror and saw the bike coming at a rate of knots and I knew there was no way he could stop,” the man said.

“He slammed into the back of my car and fell off, but jumped straight back up and rode off. I gave chase but three other bikes appeared and the riders started kicking my car.

“I drove to Javelin House police station with one of the bikes in pursuit but he gave up when he realised where I was going.

“It will cost £150 to repair my car, but these riders are all uninsured, so it will come out of my own pocket.

“Many people have complained about these riders. It is an ongoing problem but has been worse in the last six months.

“They have attacked other cars and harassed one old man with a walking stick by riding round and round him on the road.

“Another woman complained because her husband has a heart problem and he is being intimidated by these bikes screaming up and down outside his house.”

Inspector David Collyer, who leads the Eccleshill Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are aware of some people on off-road bikes who have been causing problems in Thorpe Edge and have been working with the community and our partners to gather information and arrest those responsible.

“We have been conducting inquiries in the area with local housing associations to try to identify these offenders, and will be looking to have these machines destroyed.

“We have also been carrying out regular patrols and examining CCTV footage for evidence of any offences committed.

“Anyone found using one of these bikes illegally, or riding one dangerously, faces having their machine seized, a fine and a possible prison sentence.”

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7:18am Mon 10 Feb 14

Albion. says...

Nothing will happen when (or if) they are caught.
Nothing will happen when (or if) they are caught. Albion.
  • Score: 20

7:27am Mon 10 Feb 14

JessWilson says...

Don't bother reporting anything people. I have for ages, even took video, photos, rang the police multiple times with full descriptions. They don't check the photos, they don't chase the bikers. They don't prosecute them or confiscate their bikes. How do I know? Same bikes with the same people riding in my photos every time. The police don't care to the point of gross negligence in my opinion. How many times do we see articles like this one? I've written to my councellors, local police, mp, heads of the police here. Nothing ever changes.
Don't bother reporting anything people. I have for ages, even took video, photos, rang the police multiple times with full descriptions. They don't check the photos, they don't chase the bikers. They don't prosecute them or confiscate their bikes. How do I know? Same bikes with the same people riding in my photos every time. The police don't care to the point of gross negligence in my opinion. How many times do we see articles like this one? I've written to my councellors, local police, mp, heads of the police here. Nothing ever changes. JessWilson
  • Score: 28

8:14am Mon 10 Feb 14

collos25 says...

The police are not bothered about crime in the area we have been plagued in Ravenscliffe for years even with the addresses of the culprits the police do nothing.The police inspector in question is telling lies when he says he is working with the community to stop this serious crime in reality he is doing nothing .
The police are not bothered about crime in the area we have been plagued in Ravenscliffe for years even with the addresses of the culprits the police do nothing.The police inspector in question is telling lies when he says he is working with the community to stop this serious crime in reality he is doing nothing . collos25
  • Score: 27

8:31am Mon 10 Feb 14

AndyCooke1408 says...

It can't be easy for the police as they can't engage in pursuit of the perpetrators due to the riders recklessness and possible danger to the public. I've seen them tearing up Leeds Rd from Shipley so they may not even be from the areas they're terrorising. Once the police get the right information to locate these people I'm sure they'll be taken off the roads; and it can't come soon enough!
It can't be easy for the police as they can't engage in pursuit of the perpetrators due to the riders recklessness and possible danger to the public. I've seen them tearing up Leeds Rd from Shipley so they may not even be from the areas they're terrorising. Once the police get the right information to locate these people I'm sure they'll be taken off the roads; and it can't come soon enough! AndyCooke1408
  • Score: -20

9:47am Mon 10 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

Police busy taking photoso f known drug dealers. If they can get close enough to take a photo, why the hell can't they arrest them there and then?
Police busy taking photoso f known drug dealers. If they can get close enough to take a photo, why the hell can't they arrest them there and then? alive and awake
  • Score: 15

11:04am Mon 10 Feb 14

Banni2 says...

alive and awake wrote:
Police busy taking photoso f known drug dealers. If they can get close enough to take a photo, why the hell can't they arrest them there and then?
I have to say,once again, it's the young Asians men that seem to be the lead group in this miserable crime.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: Police busy taking photoso f known drug dealers. If they can get close enough to take a photo, why the hell can't they arrest them there and then?[/p][/quote]I have to say,once again, it's the young Asians men that seem to be the lead group in this miserable crime. Banni2
  • Score: 12

12:28pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Apollo says...

Bradford Police = Not Fit For Purpose and in general utterly useless.
Bradford Police = Not Fit For Purpose and in general utterly useless. Apollo
  • Score: 12

1:17pm Mon 10 Feb 14

mr-dog says...

Time for a big clampdown on these miscreants.
Time for a big clampdown on these miscreants. mr-dog
  • Score: 9

2:35pm Mon 10 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

It's about time the worm turned and sorted out the utter scumbags in our society. Zero tolerance required it works . Ask Rudi G.
It's about time the worm turned and sorted out the utter scumbags in our society. Zero tolerance required it works . Ask Rudi G. alive and awake
  • Score: 12

4:14pm Mon 10 Feb 14

vikksy says...

Sadly in todays society, this will be classed as a nuisance, There arn't enough police to go round so they prioritise. What they will say is cut backs
Sadly in todays society, this will be classed as a nuisance, There arn't enough police to go round so they prioritise. What they will say is cut backs vikksy
  • Score: 5

4:36pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

The motorcyclists may be a problem but at least they aren't pedlars of death like the members of "the community" pictured in the most wanted list .
Don't you just love living in the Labour party's multicultural nirvana?
The motorcyclists may be a problem but at least they aren't pedlars of death like the members of "the community" pictured in the most wanted list . Don't you just love living in the Labour party's multicultural nirvana? Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 12

4:46pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Smell the coffee says...

I had one pass me on Manchester Road with no helmet. I swerved 3 times and still missed him. Better luck next time. When a car vursus a bike, there is only one winner
I had one pass me on Manchester Road with no helmet. I swerved 3 times and still missed him. Better luck next time. When a car vursus a bike, there is only one winner Smell the coffee
  • Score: 8

6:36pm Mon 10 Feb 14

tinytoonster says...

mr-dog wrote:
Time for a big clampdown on these miscreants.
Do you mean the police?!!!
Zero respect for the police me.
Pull me over because i was acting suspicious because i was driving at the speed limit going to work!
WTF??
[quote][p][bold]mr-dog[/bold] wrote: Time for a big clampdown on these miscreants.[/p][/quote]Do you mean the police?!!! Zero respect for the police me. Pull me over because i was acting suspicious because i was driving at the speed limit going to work! WTF?? tinytoonster
  • Score: 6

6:56pm Mon 10 Feb 14

lanzaman says...

They come through idle village most days at 11 am. If the police hung around for a bit they'd see them. Oh and while they're at it they could catch the drug dealer who comes about the same time, bit like the old pop van! Last time I rang crime stoppers she said have you got the dealers name and address? No, have you?!
They come through idle village most days at 11 am. If the police hung around for a bit they'd see them. Oh and while they're at it they could catch the drug dealer who comes about the same time, bit like the old pop van! Last time I rang crime stoppers she said have you got the dealers name and address? No, have you?! lanzaman
  • Score: 6

7:20pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Apollo says...

lanzaman wrote:
They come through idle village most days at 11 am. If the police hung around for a bit they'd see them. Oh and while they're at it they could catch the drug dealer who comes about the same time, bit like the old pop van! Last time I rang crime stoppers she said have you got the dealers name and address? No, have you?!
Police in Bradford expect you to do work for them.
[quote][p][bold]lanzaman[/bold] wrote: They come through idle village most days at 11 am. If the police hung around for a bit they'd see them. Oh and while they're at it they could catch the drug dealer who comes about the same time, bit like the old pop van! Last time I rang crime stoppers she said have you got the dealers name and address? No, have you?![/p][/quote]Police in Bradford expect you to do work for them. Apollo
  • Score: 4

7:22pm Mon 10 Feb 14

JessWilson says...

The number of times articles have appeared in T&A just like this one is shameful. We should be reading articles about how many bikes have been destroyed or people charged. Not more fluff (sorry to the guy in this particular article). Why arnt our councilors, mps or even the police here apologising? It just shows how ineffective yet another channel of the public voice - our local paper - really is. MPs don't help counsellors don't help police don't help newspapers don't help. I wonder if those guysnkilled racing just yesterday grew up on bikes running from an ineffective police, knowing in effect they were above the law. Many wont like this but the more of these idiots die of their own design the better place Bradford will be. Death is the only thing that will put a still to these people.
The number of times articles have appeared in T&A just like this one is shameful. We should be reading articles about how many bikes have been destroyed or people charged. Not more fluff (sorry to the guy in this particular article). Why arnt our councilors, mps or even the police here apologising? It just shows how ineffective yet another channel of the public voice - our local paper - really is. MPs don't help counsellors don't help police don't help newspapers don't help. I wonder if those guysnkilled racing just yesterday grew up on bikes running from an ineffective police, knowing in effect they were above the law. Many wont like this but the more of these idiots die of their own design the better place Bradford will be. Death is the only thing that will put a still to these people. JessWilson
  • Score: 4

9:33pm Mon 10 Feb 14

info4u says...

JessWilson wrote:
The number of times articles have appeared in T&A just like this one is shameful. We should be reading articles about how many bikes have been destroyed or people charged. Not more fluff (sorry to the guy in this particular article). Why arnt our councilors, mps or even the police here apologising? It just shows how ineffective yet another channel of the public voice - our local paper - really is. MPs don't help counsellors don't help police don't help newspapers don't help. I wonder if those guysnkilled racing just yesterday grew up on bikes running from an ineffective police, knowing in effect they were above the law. Many wont like this but the more of these idiots die of their own design the better place Bradford will be. Death is the only thing that will put a still to these people.
Totally agree they come along rowantree dr and travel up and down Rockwell lane and along greystone cres daily - its been this way for over two years and most people here have complained taken pictures etc to the police to no avail the police openly admit they can do nothing and david ward MP is fully aware of the situation and has done nothing about it remember this in the next election all you lib dems on Thorpe edge! The constant droning of the bikes every night and all weekend after a long days work is no joke and sadly until theres a major incident this will carry on. The only solution being to move out and away,
[quote][p][bold]JessWilson[/bold] wrote: The number of times articles have appeared in T&A just like this one is shameful. We should be reading articles about how many bikes have been destroyed or people charged. Not more fluff (sorry to the guy in this particular article). Why arnt our councilors, mps or even the police here apologising? It just shows how ineffective yet another channel of the public voice - our local paper - really is. MPs don't help counsellors don't help police don't help newspapers don't help. I wonder if those guysnkilled racing just yesterday grew up on bikes running from an ineffective police, knowing in effect they were above the law. Many wont like this but the more of these idiots die of their own design the better place Bradford will be. Death is the only thing that will put a still to these people.[/p][/quote]Totally agree they come along rowantree dr and travel up and down Rockwell lane and along greystone cres daily - its been this way for over two years and most people here have complained taken pictures etc to the police to no avail the police openly admit they can do nothing and david ward MP is fully aware of the situation and has done nothing about it remember this in the next election all you lib dems on Thorpe edge! The constant droning of the bikes every night and all weekend after a long days work is no joke and sadly until theres a major incident this will carry on. The only solution being to move out and away, info4u
  • Score: 5

9:36pm Mon 10 Feb 14

info4u says...

ps how come the T&A don't publish the bikers photos would make a great article!
ps how come the T&A don't publish the bikers photos would make a great article! info4u
  • Score: 6

2:51am Tue 11 Feb 14

bobbyo says...

Sounds like a plan ! Come on telegraph and Argus , print pics of the culprits, let's have them named, shamed, and arrested, and bikes confiscated !
Sounds like a plan ! Come on telegraph and Argus , print pics of the culprits, let's have them named, shamed, and arrested, and bikes confiscated ! bobbyo
  • Score: 4

9:56am Tue 11 Feb 14

eccythump says...

This has been going on for way longer than 6 months. They ride up and down my street daily, with way more of them here on a weekend. I've lost count of the number of times I have called the Police. I have also filmed them and sent pictures. This led to threats against me. A Police 'community support officer' called. He basically said their hands are tied. They actually know who some of them are, and where they live, but do nothing. He said we confiscated their bikes once, but what is the point, they then just went around Yeadon, Guisley area and stole themselves some more ! Well surely the point is, that the next time they confiscate their machines, they can also prosecute them for the theft of the same. I pondered as to how they can afford the petrol to run these machines 24/7, he replied that certain garages in the area supplied them with illegal Red diesel ! They know which ones, (you probably can work it out too) but obviously do nothing about this crime either. I have been informed that at least one of the regular bikers also deals drugs, knowing that the police will not chase him at all, is an obvious bonus for him eh ?
This has been going on for way longer than 6 months. They ride up and down my street daily, with way more of them here on a weekend. I've lost count of the number of times I have called the Police. I have also filmed them and sent pictures. This led to threats against me. A Police 'community support officer' called. He basically said their hands are tied. They actually know who some of them are, and where they live, but do nothing. He said we confiscated their bikes once, but what is the point, they then just went around Yeadon, Guisley area and stole themselves some more ! Well surely the point is, that the next time they confiscate their machines, they can also prosecute them for the theft of the same. I pondered as to how they can afford the petrol to run these machines 24/7, he replied that certain garages in the area supplied them with illegal Red diesel ! They know which ones, (you probably can work it out too) but obviously do nothing about this crime either. I have been informed that at least one of the regular bikers also deals drugs, knowing that the police will not chase him at all, is an obvious bonus for him eh ? eccythump
  • Score: 1

1:00pm Tue 11 Feb 14

dumpster says...

eccythump wrote:
This has been going on for way longer than 6 months. They ride up and down my street daily, with way more of them here on a weekend. I've lost count of the number of times I have called the Police. I have also filmed them and sent pictures. This led to threats against me. A Police 'community support officer' called. He basically said their hands are tied. They actually know who some of them are, and where they live, but do nothing. He said we confiscated their bikes once, but what is the point, they then just went around Yeadon, Guisley area and stole themselves some more ! Well surely the point is, that the next time they confiscate their machines, they can also prosecute them for the theft of the same. I pondered as to how they can afford the petrol to run these machines 24/7, he replied that certain garages in the area supplied them with illegal Red diesel ! They know which ones, (you probably can work it out too) but obviously do nothing about this crime either. I have been informed that at least one of the regular bikers also deals drugs, knowing that the police will not chase him at all, is an obvious bonus for him eh ?
Bikes dont run on diesel
[quote][p][bold]eccythump[/bold] wrote: This has been going on for way longer than 6 months. They ride up and down my street daily, with way more of them here on a weekend. I've lost count of the number of times I have called the Police. I have also filmed them and sent pictures. This led to threats against me. A Police 'community support officer' called. He basically said their hands are tied. They actually know who some of them are, and where they live, but do nothing. He said we confiscated their bikes once, but what is the point, they then just went around Yeadon, Guisley area and stole themselves some more ! Well surely the point is, that the next time they confiscate their machines, they can also prosecute them for the theft of the same. I pondered as to how they can afford the petrol to run these machines 24/7, he replied that certain garages in the area supplied them with illegal Red diesel ! They know which ones, (you probably can work it out too) but obviously do nothing about this crime either. I have been informed that at least one of the regular bikers also deals drugs, knowing that the police will not chase him at all, is an obvious bonus for him eh ?[/p][/quote]Bikes dont run on diesel dumpster
  • Score: 0

1:00pm Tue 11 Feb 14

JessWilson says...

eccythump wrote:
This has been going on for way longer than 6 months. They ride up and down my street daily, with way more of them here on a weekend. I've lost count of the number of times I have called the Police. I have also filmed them and sent pictures. This led to threats against me. A Police 'community support officer' called. He basically said their hands are tied. They actually know who some of them are, and where they live, but do nothing. He said we confiscated their bikes once, but what is the point, they then just went around Yeadon, Guisley area and stole themselves some more ! Well surely the point is, that the next time they confiscate their machines, they can also prosecute them for the theft of the same. I pondered as to how they can afford the petrol to run these machines 24/7, he replied that certain garages in the area supplied them with illegal Red diesel ! They know which ones, (you probably can work it out too) but obviously do nothing about this crime either. I have been informed that at least one of the regular bikers also deals drugs, knowing that the police will not chase him at all, is an obvious bonus for him eh ?
failing everything else its reassuring I'm not alone here, so to you all, thank you.

I think there is another take-home message here for anyone who ever gets in trouble with the police from here on in. get a bike, take off the number plate, don't put a helmet on but a balaclava - the police will just leave you alone. its a sure fire way to completely avoiding all and any crime in Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]eccythump[/bold] wrote: This has been going on for way longer than 6 months. They ride up and down my street daily, with way more of them here on a weekend. I've lost count of the number of times I have called the Police. I have also filmed them and sent pictures. This led to threats against me. A Police 'community support officer' called. He basically said their hands are tied. They actually know who some of them are, and where they live, but do nothing. He said we confiscated their bikes once, but what is the point, they then just went around Yeadon, Guisley area and stole themselves some more ! Well surely the point is, that the next time they confiscate their machines, they can also prosecute them for the theft of the same. I pondered as to how they can afford the petrol to run these machines 24/7, he replied that certain garages in the area supplied them with illegal Red diesel ! They know which ones, (you probably can work it out too) but obviously do nothing about this crime either. I have been informed that at least one of the regular bikers also deals drugs, knowing that the police will not chase him at all, is an obvious bonus for him eh ?[/p][/quote]failing everything else its reassuring I'm not alone here, so to you all, thank you. I think there is another take-home message here for anyone who ever gets in trouble with the police from here on in. get a bike, take off the number plate, don't put a helmet on but a balaclava - the police will just leave you alone. its a sure fire way to completely avoiding all and any crime in Bradford. JessWilson
  • Score: 2

1:01pm Tue 11 Feb 14

JessWilson says...

failing everything else its reassuring I'm not alone here, so to you all, thank you.

I think there is one take-home message here for any of us who ever unfortunately gets in trouble with the police in the future. get a motorbike, take off the number plate, don't put a helmet on but a balaclava - the police will just leave you alone. its a sure fire way to completely avoiding all punishment for any crime Bradford.
failing everything else its reassuring I'm not alone here, so to you all, thank you. I think there is one take-home message here for any of us who ever unfortunately gets in trouble with the police in the future. get a motorbike, take off the number plate, don't put a helmet on but a balaclava - the police will just leave you alone. its a sure fire way to completely avoiding all punishment for any crime Bradford. JessWilson
  • Score: 0

7:46pm Tue 11 Feb 14

eccythump says...

dumpster wrote:
eccythump wrote:
This has been going on for way longer than 6 months. They ride up and down my street daily, with way more of them here on a weekend. I've lost count of the number of times I have called the Police. I have also filmed them and sent pictures. This led to threats against me. A Police 'community support officer' called. He basically said their hands are tied. They actually know who some of them are, and where they live, but do nothing. He said we confiscated their bikes once, but what is the point, they then just went around Yeadon, Guisley area and stole themselves some more ! Well surely the point is, that the next time they confiscate their machines, they can also prosecute them for the theft of the same. I pondered as to how they can afford the petrol to run these machines 24/7, he replied that certain garages in the area supplied them with illegal Red diesel ! They know which ones, (you probably can work it out too) but obviously do nothing about this crime either. I have been informed that at least one of the regular bikers also deals drugs, knowing that the police will not chase him at all, is an obvious bonus for him eh ?
Bikes dont run on diesel
It's what the Community support officer said to me. Go figure !!!
[quote][p][bold]dumpster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eccythump[/bold] wrote: This has been going on for way longer than 6 months. They ride up and down my street daily, with way more of them here on a weekend. I've lost count of the number of times I have called the Police. I have also filmed them and sent pictures. This led to threats against me. A Police 'community support officer' called. He basically said their hands are tied. They actually know who some of them are, and where they live, but do nothing. He said we confiscated their bikes once, but what is the point, they then just went around Yeadon, Guisley area and stole themselves some more ! Well surely the point is, that the next time they confiscate their machines, they can also prosecute them for the theft of the same. I pondered as to how they can afford the petrol to run these machines 24/7, he replied that certain garages in the area supplied them with illegal Red diesel ! They know which ones, (you probably can work it out too) but obviously do nothing about this crime either. I have been informed that at least one of the regular bikers also deals drugs, knowing that the police will not chase him at all, is an obvious bonus for him eh ?[/p][/quote]Bikes dont run on diesel[/p][/quote]It's what the Community support officer said to me. Go figure !!! eccythump
  • Score: 0

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