Police keep pressure on Bradford's motorbike nuisances with fresh arrests

ARRESTS: A police crackdown on nuisance motorcycle riders is continuing

ARRESTS: A police crackdown on nuisance motorcycle riders is continuing

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POLICE have seized four more vehicles and scored other successes against anti-social behaviour involving motorbikes and quads in Bradford over recent days.

In one incident an 18-year-old man stopped in Bierley for having no mirrors on his moped was found to smell of cannabis and was then searched, with officers finding three small bags of the drug.

He admitted the offence after being arrested and was cautioned, but was also give a £100 fixed penalty notice because the MOT on the moped had expired weeks previously.

Officers called to Farlea Drive over complaints of an off-road motorbike being used on the road and causing a nuisance had to leave the bike because they could not disprove the owner's story that he had used it only in his garden.

But a Section 59 warning was issued, allowing officers to seize the machine when they were called back the following day over similar complaints about the use of the bike.

A quad bike was taken by police who responded to a complaint about it being ridden around the Sharp Avenue area. They found the machine was not registered for use on the road, the rider had no insurance and only a provisional licence. In addition to seizing the machine, police also reported him for driving offences meaning he can expect to be prosecuted.

A stolen motorbike which had been hidden in woodland near Dockfield Road in Windhill, after it was spotted by a member of the public who approached police. The bike was found to have been stolen from an address in Leeds weeks previously.

A moped rider is facing prosecution for having no insurance or licence after being followed to Reevey Avenue, Buttershaw, where he was stopped. The moped was also seized.

Inquiries are ongoing to trace the rider of a moped who failed to stop after colliding with a cat in Boltby Lane, Buttershaw. The rider abandoned the moped on Fairfield Avenue and fled into woodland, but a passenger who had been riding without a helmet was arrested and interviewed.

An investigation is also continuing after officers attended an address in Woodhall Avenue, Thornbury. Police were told it had been taken there about two hours earlier and left behind by other people. Specialist inquiries are now under way to try to confirm the bike's ownership.

Meanwhile, the Shipley Neighbourhood Policing Team has a new telephone number for people to report details of those using bikes to cause a nuisance in the community. Details can be left at (01274) 373968.

Officers also seized a four wheel drive vehicle from the Windhill area after finding it in a wooded area near Walker Place. The owner had previously been warned about using it in an anti-social manner and police said it was taken from an area which was used by many pedestrians.

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