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Nuisance off-road bike seized after quick thinking from council officers

Crime and safety

Monday, 12 February 2024
An off-road bike being ridden on Linthorpe Road

A nuisance off-road bike was quickly taken off the streets after quick thinking from Middlesbrough Council staff.

Two youths were first seen riding the bike dangerously around the Grove Hill area of town on Friday, February 2.

Council Street Wardens called in the incident to the council's CCTV control room, who tracked the males riding around Middlesbrough - including on Linthorpe Road in the town centre.

Clear footage was provided to one of the Council's Neighbourhood Safety Officers, who quickly identified the youths to police.

Officers from the force then attended a property in Grove Hill and seized the electric, Sur-Ron motorbike on Tuesday, February 6 for offences under section 59 of the Road Traffic Act.

This prohibits vehicles being used in a manner which causes alarm, distress or annoyance - or being used carelessly or inconsiderately.

Cllr Janet Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Community Safety, said: "We understand the distress these off-road bikes cause in our communities, and I'm delighted that another has been taken off the streets.

"I want to commend our street wardens, CCTV control room and neighbourhood safety officers for their work – as well as our police colleagues who responded so quickly.

"We won't tolerate antisocial behaviour on the streets of Middlesbrough, and this case shows we'll do all we can to stamp it out."

Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Policing Team Sergeant Olly Flight said: “We will continue working in partnership with the local authority to tackle nuisance off-road bikes and remove them from our roads.

“We urge members of the public to call us with any information they have regarding those using off-road bikes to cause misery to our communities and any information on where the bikes may be being stored, so that appropriate action can be taken.”

The bike after it was seized by police (image credit: Cleveland Police)