Motorbikes seized and riders warned in police crackdown

Some of the vehicles seized by police

Some of the vehicles seized by police

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A police squad set up to tackle nuisance bikes has seized vehicles and given warnings after finding bikers riding illegally at the Flappit Quarry near Denholme.

The quarry has been popular with off road bikers for several years, despite there being an official ban on riding there. As part of a new push to cut down on anti-social riders across the district, the police "quad squad" recently visited the quarry on Keighley Road after reports from the public. Once there they seized two bikes on the grounds of anti-social use and gave three other riders warnings. One had tried to escape, but was stopped a short distance away. They searched one of the rider's vehicles and found a small amount of cannabis - which led to the owner being given a police caution.

The incident, on July 13, happened shortly after West Yorkshire Police started its new campaign against anti-social riders.

The Flappit had been popular with off road riders for years, but in 2007 the death of Mark Clifford in a quad bike accident led to Bradford Council closing it down for safety concerns. But despite the threat of legal action the quarry is still regularly used.

Last week was anti-social behaviour awareness week, and in this time officers seized a total of nine bikes and issued 11 warnings to people suspected of using them to cause a nuisance throughout the district.

As well as responding to calls, the team works closely with Bradford Council and social housing provider Incommunities to take action against repeat offenders, or those found to be storing bikes which have been used in an anti-social manner.

Sergeant Jon Best, said: "We would like to thank the public for engaging with the team in such a positive way and contributing to the results we have had so far.

"We will continue to do all we can to tackle the nuisance use of bikes and quad bikes, but we would again ask people to give us any information as to who might be riding these machines and where they might be kept."

Helen Gibson, Director of Incommunities – Neighbourhood Services, said: "We would urge any Incommunities resident affected by this form of nuisance behaviour to contact the police or their local neighbourhood office with details. All reports will be treated in strictest confidence."

Councillor Imran Hussain, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: "This crackdown on nuisance bikes has been very successful and encouraged people to come forward to make complaints. I hope this raised awareness continues, so we can do further work in partnership to combat this and other anti-social problems in our communities."

Anyone with information about nuisance bikes in their area can contact the team anonymously on 01274 373968 or email bradforddistrictasbbiketeam@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

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10:40am Wed 23 Jul 14

Albion. says...

I think they would be better thought of if they concentrated on illegal bikers in more populated areas.
I think they would be better thought of if they concentrated on illegal bikers in more populated areas. Albion.
  • Score: 36

10:54am Wed 23 Jul 14

northern pig says...

Cos It's easier than chasing the scum who are riding off road machines without tax and insurance etc on public highways. Flappit is an easy target.Not as difficult as the mean streets of Holme Wood,Bierley, Thorpe Edge. Or anywhere else for that matter and while we are on the anti social and illegal subject,the police were not very good at removing travellers from Clayton,Buck Lane and the cenotaph at Low Moor were they!!
Cos It's easier than chasing the scum who are riding off road machines without tax and insurance etc on public highways. Flappit is an easy target.Not as difficult as the mean streets of Holme Wood,Bierley, Thorpe Edge. Or anywhere else for that matter and while we are on the anti social and illegal subject,the police were not very good at removing travellers from Clayton,Buck Lane and the cenotaph at Low Moor were they!! northern pig
  • Score: 31

11:07am Wed 23 Jul 14

cockadoodledo says...

CAN'T SEE WHAT HARM THESE BIKERS ARE DOING, PITY THE COUNCIL AND POLICE HAVEN'T BETTER THINGS TOO DO WITH THEIR TIME!
CAN'T SEE WHAT HARM THESE BIKERS ARE DOING, PITY THE COUNCIL AND POLICE HAVEN'T BETTER THINGS TOO DO WITH THEIR TIME! cockadoodledo
  • Score: 8

11:10am Wed 23 Jul 14

cockadoodledo says...

northern pig wrote:
Cos It's easier than chasing the scum who are riding off road machines without tax and insurance etc on public highways. Flappit is an easy target.Not as difficult as the mean streets of Holme Wood,Bierley, Thorpe Edge. Or anywhere else for that matter and while we are on the anti social and illegal subject,the police were not very good at removing travellers from Clayton,Buck Lane and the cenotaph at Low Moor were they!!
I agree an easy target, not harming anyone, up at flapping, forcing the riders back on public roads again .
[quote][p][bold]northern pig[/bold] wrote: Cos It's easier than chasing the scum who are riding off road machines without tax and insurance etc on public highways. Flappit is an easy target.Not as difficult as the mean streets of Holme Wood,Bierley, Thorpe Edge. Or anywhere else for that matter and while we are on the anti social and illegal subject,the police were not very good at removing travellers from Clayton,Buck Lane and the cenotaph at Low Moor were they!![/p][/quote]I agree an easy target, not harming anyone, up at flapping, forcing the riders back on public roads again . cockadoodledo
  • Score: 15

11:35am Wed 23 Jul 14

bd7 helper says...

Every seized bike should be used by the police force.
Every seized bike should be used by the police force. bd7 helper
  • Score: 7

11:52am Wed 23 Jul 14

orteus says...

Pity the police havent the balls to tackle the ones riding round little horton and great horton either.
Pity the police havent the balls to tackle the ones riding round little horton and great horton either. orteus
  • Score: 25

11:53am Wed 23 Jul 14

Hoggy64 says...

Albion. wrote:
I think they would be better thought of if they concentrated on illegal bikers in more populated areas.
The article says 11 bikes seized so given that only 2 were at Flappit then it would appear that they are targeting other areas. Hope they keep up the good work.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: I think they would be better thought of if they concentrated on illegal bikers in more populated areas.[/p][/quote]The article says 11 bikes seized so given that only 2 were at Flappit then it would appear that they are targeting other areas. Hope they keep up the good work. Hoggy64
  • Score: 15

12:14pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Albion. says...

Hoggy64 wrote:
Albion. wrote:
I think they would be better thought of if they concentrated on illegal bikers in more populated areas.
The article says 11 bikes seized so given that only 2 were at Flappit then it would appear that they are targeting other areas. Hope they keep up the good work.
So do I but if you go and stand on certain busy roads and junctions, you will see illegal riding (even after this purge), if I'm aware of that how come the police aren't or aren't creating much of a deterrent if they are?
[quote][p][bold]Hoggy64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: I think they would be better thought of if they concentrated on illegal bikers in more populated areas.[/p][/quote]The article says 11 bikes seized so given that only 2 were at Flappit then it would appear that they are targeting other areas. Hope they keep up the good work.[/p][/quote]So do I but if you go and stand on certain busy roads and junctions, you will see illegal riding (even after this purge), if I'm aware of that how come the police aren't or aren't creating much of a deterrent if they are? Albion.
  • Score: 8

12:17pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Apollo says...

Excellent news - keep up the good work at the Flappit and elsewhere.

Take those using bikes illegally off the road no matter where it is taking place.

For those at the Flappit also examine very carefully the vehicles used to get the bikes to site as they will also be illegal in all likelihood.
Excellent news - keep up the good work at the Flappit and elsewhere. Take those using bikes illegally off the road no matter where it is taking place. For those at the Flappit also examine very carefully the vehicles used to get the bikes to site as they will also be illegal in all likelihood. Apollo
  • Score: 2

12:37pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Mixter says...

How are a few off-roaders 'anti social' in a quarry away from anywhere? There used to be hundreds over a weekend till it was stopped. How was this tolerated? It really is ****.

Mind, its good that the council banned it on safety grounds. I mean, no one has been killed on a quad or bike anywhere since have they! Have they??
How are a few off-roaders 'anti social' in a quarry away from anywhere? There used to be hundreds over a weekend till it was stopped. How was this tolerated? It really is ****. Mind, its good that the council banned it on safety grounds. I mean, no one has been killed on a quad or bike anywhere since have they! Have they?? Mixter
  • Score: 4

1:02pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Bull110 says...

Mixter wrote:
How are a few off-roaders 'anti social' in a quarry away from anywhere? There used to be hundreds over a weekend till it was stopped. How was this tolerated? It really is ****.

Mind, its good that the council banned it on safety grounds. I mean, no one has been killed on a quad or bike anywhere since have they! Have they??
One person was killed at the Flappit a few years ago so the whole thing was closed - with that logic should we close a road every time some is killed?

Why not set the Flappit up as an official off roading "venue" which is policed and regulated by the council with a charge to use it - you never know it may even make money for the council and it may just get the scroats who illegally off road around the streets to use it.
[quote][p][bold]Mixter[/bold] wrote: How are a few off-roaders 'anti social' in a quarry away from anywhere? There used to be hundreds over a weekend till it was stopped. How was this tolerated? It really is ****. Mind, its good that the council banned it on safety grounds. I mean, no one has been killed on a quad or bike anywhere since have they! Have they??[/p][/quote]One person was killed at the Flappit a few years ago so the whole thing was closed - with that logic should we close a road every time some is killed? Why not set the Flappit up as an official off roading "venue" which is policed and regulated by the council with a charge to use it - you never know it may even make money for the council and it may just get the scroats who illegally off road around the streets to use it. Bull110
  • Score: 4

1:19pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Albion. says...

Bull110 wrote:
Mixter wrote:
How are a few off-roaders 'anti social' in a quarry away from anywhere? There used to be hundreds over a weekend till it was stopped. How was this tolerated? It really is ****.

Mind, its good that the council banned it on safety grounds. I mean, no one has been killed on a quad or bike anywhere since have they! Have they??
One person was killed at the Flappit a few years ago so the whole thing was closed - with that logic should we close a road every time some is killed?

Why not set the Flappit up as an official off roading "venue" which is policed and regulated by the council with a charge to use it - you never know it may even make money for the council and it may just get the scroats who illegally off road around the streets to use it.
I'm not against doing that myself but there was still a great deal of illegal riding in built up areas when it was open before. How does a kid with no riding equipment, no means of transport and no proof of bike ownership benefit from it, and would he be satisfied to have his bike stand idle for weeks on end between visits, even if he COULD get there?
[quote][p][bold]Bull110[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mixter[/bold] wrote: How are a few off-roaders 'anti social' in a quarry away from anywhere? There used to be hundreds over a weekend till it was stopped. How was this tolerated? It really is ****. Mind, its good that the council banned it on safety grounds. I mean, no one has been killed on a quad or bike anywhere since have they! Have they??[/p][/quote]One person was killed at the Flappit a few years ago so the whole thing was closed - with that logic should we close a road every time some is killed? Why not set the Flappit up as an official off roading "venue" which is policed and regulated by the council with a charge to use it - you never know it may even make money for the council and it may just get the scroats who illegally off road around the streets to use it.[/p][/quote]I'm not against doing that myself but there was still a great deal of illegal riding in built up areas when it was open before. How does a kid with no riding equipment, no means of transport and no proof of bike ownership benefit from it, and would he be satisfied to have his bike stand idle for weeks on end between visits, even if he COULD get there? Albion.
  • Score: 3

1:45pm Wed 23 Jul 14

cockadoodledo says...

I wonder what is the reason behind all this? Flappit out in the,sticks, so to speak, is there an official/ politician living i close bystirring things up? Safety was the issue they say but we don't close roads after a traffic accident do we.
I wonder what is the reason behind all this? Flappit out in the,sticks, so to speak, is there an official/ politician living i close bystirring things up? Safety was the issue they say but we don't close roads after a traffic accident do we. cockadoodledo
  • Score: 7

2:39pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Bikerbeardy says...

This is all ****, publicity for the new police"quad squad", 2 bikes seized, what a laff,
This is all ****, publicity for the new police"quad squad", 2 bikes seized, what a laff, Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 4

6:07pm Wed 23 Jul 14

awasteoftime says...

northern pig wrote:
Cos It's easier than chasing the scum who are riding off road machines without tax and insurance etc on public highways. Flappit is an easy target.Not as difficult as the mean streets of Holme Wood,Bierley, Thorpe Edge. Or anywhere else for that matter and while we are on the anti social and illegal subject,the police were not very good at removing travellers from Clayton,Buck Lane and the cenotaph at Low Moor were they!!
How is it that the Police can seize these bikes when they are on private land not bothering anybody, but the Police cannot seize Gipsy caravans when they park in Graveyards and leave crap everywhere. If they seize the gipsy caravans and crushed them then the problem is solved.
Also why can the Police find resources to catch these off-road bikers but fails to police the public highway especially in areas where 20mph limits are being very badly abused 40mph+ is quite typical even by local Police vehicles !!! what chance have we.
[quote][p][bold]northern pig[/bold] wrote: Cos It's easier than chasing the scum who are riding off road machines without tax and insurance etc on public highways. Flappit is an easy target.Not as difficult as the mean streets of Holme Wood,Bierley, Thorpe Edge. Or anywhere else for that matter and while we are on the anti social and illegal subject,the police were not very good at removing travellers from Clayton,Buck Lane and the cenotaph at Low Moor were they!![/p][/quote]How is it that the Police can seize these bikes when they are on private land not bothering anybody, but the Police cannot seize Gipsy caravans when they park in Graveyards and leave crap everywhere. If they seize the gipsy caravans and crushed them then the problem is solved. Also why can the Police find resources to catch these off-road bikers but fails to police the public highway especially in areas where 20mph limits are being very badly abused 40mph+ is quite typical even by local Police vehicles !!! what chance have we. awasteoftime
  • Score: 6

8:10pm Wed 23 Jul 14

owdeafndaft says...

cockadoodledo wrote:
I wonder what is the reason behind all this? Flappit out in the,sticks, so to speak, is there an official/ politician living i close bystirring things up? Safety was the issue they say but we don't close roads after a traffic accident do we.
Nope just those who live in the villages close by who have crosers and quads hammering through, vans parked on the main roads, folks doing wheels. We've the same rights as the city folk to peice and quiet.
It's also common land so no vechicular access, it's always been illegal.
[quote][p][bold]cockadoodledo[/bold] wrote: I wonder what is the reason behind all this? Flappit out in the,sticks, so to speak, is there an official/ politician living i close bystirring things up? Safety was the issue they say but we don't close roads after a traffic accident do we.[/p][/quote]Nope just those who live in the villages close by who have crosers and quads hammering through, vans parked on the main roads, folks doing wheels. We've the same rights as the city folk to peice and quiet. It's also common land so no vechicular access, it's always been illegal. owdeafndaft
  • Score: 0

8:10pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Apollo says...

Mixter wrote:
How are a few off-roaders 'anti social' in a quarry away from anywhere? There used to be hundreds over a weekend till it was stopped. How was this tolerated? It really is ****.

Mind, its good that the council banned it on safety grounds. I mean, no one has been killed on a quad or bike anywhere since have they! Have they??
Noise pollution for a start, illegal parking, vehicles used in transport will not be legal, vehicles used off road will not be legal..... Shalll I go on you muppet?
[quote][p][bold]Mixter[/bold] wrote: How are a few off-roaders 'anti social' in a quarry away from anywhere? There used to be hundreds over a weekend till it was stopped. How was this tolerated? It really is ****. Mind, its good that the council banned it on safety grounds. I mean, no one has been killed on a quad or bike anywhere since have they! Have they??[/p][/quote]Noise pollution for a start, illegal parking, vehicles used in transport will not be legal, vehicles used off road will not be legal..... Shalll I go on you muppet? Apollo
  • Score: 1

8:13pm Wed 23 Jul 14

samkeighley says...

There is nothing anti-social about riding an off road bike at the Flappit Quarry, given that there is nobody living in the immediate vicinity to the quarry that can be affected and given that anybody riding there are not actually harming anybody private or business then for the police to start confiscating bikes at the Flappit under the guise of the bikes are been used in an anti social manner is a complete abuse of power.
The top and bottom of it is riders at the Flappit are an easy target for the police, the police quad squad cannot expect us to believe they are at the Flappit acting in the best interests of the general public.
There is nothing anti-social about riding an off road bike at the Flappit Quarry, given that there is nobody living in the immediate vicinity to the quarry that can be affected and given that anybody riding there are not actually harming anybody private or business then for the police to start confiscating bikes at the Flappit under the guise of the bikes are been used in an anti social manner is a complete abuse of power. The top and bottom of it is riders at the Flappit are an easy target for the police, the police quad squad cannot expect us to believe they are at the Flappit acting in the best interests of the general public. samkeighley
  • Score: 2

8:24pm Wed 23 Jul 14

allinittogether says...

Talk about picking the low hanging fruit. Laughable!
Talk about picking the low hanging fruit. Laughable! allinittogether
  • Score: 1

8:45pm Wed 23 Jul 14

owdeafndaft says...

samkeighley wrote:
There is nothing anti-social about riding an off road bike at the Flappit Quarry, given that there is nobody living in the immediate vicinity to the quarry that can be affected and given that anybody riding there are not actually harming anybody private or business then for the police to start confiscating bikes at the Flappit under the guise of the bikes are been used in an anti social manner is a complete abuse of power.
The top and bottom of it is riders at the Flappit are an easy target for the police, the police quad squad cannot expect us to believe they are at the Flappit acting in the best interests of the general public.
Plenty of us livin in denholme and cullingworth who have to put up with em hammering through the villages
[quote][p][bold]samkeighley[/bold] wrote: There is nothing anti-social about riding an off road bike at the Flappit Quarry, given that there is nobody living in the immediate vicinity to the quarry that can be affected and given that anybody riding there are not actually harming anybody private or business then for the police to start confiscating bikes at the Flappit under the guise of the bikes are been used in an anti social manner is a complete abuse of power. The top and bottom of it is riders at the Flappit are an easy target for the police, the police quad squad cannot expect us to believe they are at the Flappit acting in the best interests of the general public.[/p][/quote]Plenty of us livin in denholme and cullingworth who have to put up with em hammering through the villages owdeafndaft
  • Score: 5

10:05pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Simon4567 says...

Hmmm, wonder when the police will do something about the yobs that ride knackered motocross bikes around the streets and the park near me without helmets or any protective gear.

Or when they'll do something about the idiots in cars treating the side roads like racetracks.

Can't imagine it will be any time soon, that would involve real policing, far easier just to go park up in the middle of nowhere and nick people who can afford to pay the fines eh ?
Hmmm, wonder when the police will do something about the yobs that ride knackered motocross bikes around the streets and the park near me without helmets or any protective gear. Or when they'll do something about the idiots in cars treating the side roads like racetracks. Can't imagine it will be any time soon, that would involve real policing, far easier just to go park up in the middle of nowhere and nick people who can afford to pay the fines eh ? Simon4567
  • Score: 1

10:45pm Wed 23 Jul 14

lazybeat says...

could the police also put down their donuts and also do something about these maniacs in the inner city area, the bd7 area is becoming unbearable.
could the police also put down their donuts and also do something about these maniacs in the inner city area, the bd7 area is becoming unbearable. lazybeat
  • Score: 4

7:54am Thu 24 Jul 14

Apollo says...

There is no correlation between whether the Flappit is open and inner city illegal use of bikes/quads.

White trash idiots from inner city estates or Asians showing off/initimidating drivers in BD3 or 7 or an inner city area are not going to suddenly think - 'you know what I will go out to the Flappit and off road there'.

Only a fool cannot see that. Even when the Flappit was open we had problems with off roaders in the inner city area.

Get over it - the Flappit is not the real issue here but the Police should tackle illegal use when it occurs and where it occurs.

i greatly suspect, however, that they would not get permission to pursue some little scroat on some hell hole estate for fear of the consequences - and that is the difference.

An inner city chase is a very different problem. To take those riders off the road it needs the local residents to man up and let the Police know who they are and their addresses.
There is no correlation between whether the Flappit is open and inner city illegal use of bikes/quads. White trash idiots from inner city estates or Asians showing off/initimidating drivers in BD3 or 7 or an inner city area are not going to suddenly think - 'you know what I will go out to the Flappit and off road there'. Only a fool cannot see that. Even when the Flappit was open we had problems with off roaders in the inner city area. Get over it - the Flappit is not the real issue here but the Police should tackle illegal use when it occurs and where it occurs. i greatly suspect, however, that they would not get permission to pursue some little scroat on some hell hole estate for fear of the consequences - and that is the difference. An inner city chase is a very different problem. To take those riders off the road it needs the local residents to man up and let the Police know who they are and their addresses. Apollo
  • Score: 4

10:13am Thu 24 Jul 14

samkeighley says...

owdeafndaft wrote:
samkeighley wrote:
There is nothing anti-social about riding an off road bike at the Flappit Quarry, given that there is nobody living in the immediate vicinity to the quarry that can be affected and given that anybody riding there are not actually harming anybody private or business then for the police to start confiscating bikes at the Flappit under the guise of the bikes are been used in an anti social manner is a complete abuse of power.
The top and bottom of it is riders at the Flappit are an easy target for the police, the police quad squad cannot expect us to believe they are at the Flappit acting in the best interests of the general public.
Plenty of us livin in denholme and cullingworth who have to put up with em hammering through the villages
Really,, I think you are stereotyping a bit there,, What you going to do about the cars hammering through Denholme and Cullingworth? What about all the Heavy goods vehicles that do actually hammer it through Denholme and Cullingworth on a daily basis and have done for years???
You need to get a grip on reality, you re making out that the typical off roader tears through these villages causing mayhem when you know that simply is not true, For every motorcyclist you quote tearing through the village there are tenfold other road users that are a real nuicance.
[quote][p][bold]owdeafndaft[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]samkeighley[/bold] wrote: There is nothing anti-social about riding an off road bike at the Flappit Quarry, given that there is nobody living in the immediate vicinity to the quarry that can be affected and given that anybody riding there are not actually harming anybody private or business then for the police to start confiscating bikes at the Flappit under the guise of the bikes are been used in an anti social manner is a complete abuse of power. The top and bottom of it is riders at the Flappit are an easy target for the police, the police quad squad cannot expect us to believe they are at the Flappit acting in the best interests of the general public.[/p][/quote]Plenty of us livin in denholme and cullingworth who have to put up with em hammering through the villages[/p][/quote]Really,, I think you are stereotyping a bit there,, What you going to do about the cars hammering through Denholme and Cullingworth? What about all the Heavy goods vehicles that do actually hammer it through Denholme and Cullingworth on a daily basis and have done for years??? You need to get a grip on reality, you re making out that the typical off roader tears through these villages causing mayhem when you know that simply is not true, For every motorcyclist you quote tearing through the village there are tenfold other road users that are a real nuicance. samkeighley
  • Score: -5

10:50pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Mik_e says...

Pity that burglars and 'Mr. Big' drug dealers are not effectively dealt with by the police. Seems that cheap and easy publicity are what is sought?
Pity that burglars and 'Mr. Big' drug dealers are not effectively dealt with by the police. Seems that cheap and easy publicity are what is sought? Mik_e
  • Score: 0

10:41am Fri 25 Jul 14

Apollo says...

Mik_e wrote:
Pity that burglars and 'Mr. Big' drug dealers are not effectively dealt with by the police. Seems that cheap and easy publicity are what is sought?
If you read the story you will see that at least one of those involved was in possession of drugs presumably bought from your Mr.Big.

The bikes could just as easily have been stolen in burglaries.

Care to comment?
[quote][p][bold]Mik_e[/bold] wrote: Pity that burglars and 'Mr. Big' drug dealers are not effectively dealt with by the police. Seems that cheap and easy publicity are what is sought?[/p][/quote]If you read the story you will see that at least one of those involved was in possession of drugs presumably bought from your Mr.Big. The bikes could just as easily have been stolen in burglaries. Care to comment? Apollo
  • Score: 0

11:13am Fri 25 Jul 14

cockadoodledo says...

'visited the quarry on Keighley Road after reports from the public. Once there they seized two bikes on the grounds of anti-social use and gave three other riders warnings'
I don't understand why the police have the powers to seize the bikes, riding on private land , not on the highway etc. ?
Speeding cars is anti social but they don't get seized!
'visited the quarry on Keighley Road after reports from the public. Once there they seized two bikes on the grounds of anti-social use and gave three other riders warnings' I don't understand why the police have the powers to seize the bikes, riding on private land , not on the highway etc. ? Speeding cars is anti social but they don't get seized! cockadoodledo
  • Score: 0

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