Police get tough on minimoto bikes

POLICE are cracking down on nuisance youths illegally riding minimoto bikes through the streets of Worcester.

A bike was seized from a 13-year-old boy caught riding along Canterbury Road, Ronkswood, and on land near Whittington.

He was spotted by PC Rich Foxall, local policing officer for the Nunnery area.

“Such machines cause damage, injury, noise and nuisance and are often ridden dangerously by children,” said PC Foxall.

“Riding these bikes on land without permission, or on any public footpaths or roads, is illegal and those found responsible will be dealt with robustly.” After a chat with the teenager and his parents it was decided that the bike would be handed over to police and crushed, and no other action would be taken.

However, police say anyone caught persistently riding a minimoto or pit bike could be fined up to £5,000 for riding it without insurance, £1,000 for having no licence or valid MOT certificate and £30 for riding without a helmet. Anyone too young to have a driving licence will have points added to any subsequent licence if convicted at court.

Those who have their machine seized have to pay £105 to get it released as well as a £12-a-day storage fee.

If the vehicle is not claimed within 14 days, it could be crushed or sold.

People have reported seeing and hearing minimotos around the Nunnery area of Worcester this summer.

PC Foxall said: “These people can be a real nuisance and cause continual disturbance and distress to residents.

“I hope the seizures will act as a warning to anyone considering riding a vehicle illegally on land or in a public place and reassure residents that officers will use the powers they have to deal with such offenders.”

Minimotos can be used on private land with the landowner’s permission or at minimoto raceway circuits.

The nearest to Worcester are in Stourbridge, Leicester, and Nottingham. To report a nuisance biker contact police on 08457 444888.

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9:59am Fri 22 Aug 08

chrisnewmanuk says...

where are the pictures?!
where are the pictures?! chrisnewmanuk

12:51pm Fri 22 Aug 08

Forthright says...

In the paper cheapskate!
And hoorah for this idea...there`s too much unecessary noise these days.
In the paper cheapskate! And hoorah for this idea...there`s too much unecessary noise these days. Forthright

4:55pm Fri 22 Aug 08

jb says...

To say that offenders will be dealt with 'robustly' then to take no action seems extremely contradictory. Surely if this lad was made an example of it would deter others especially at it was the local officer who dealt with it. When the police are running a campaign against this nuisance I would have expected a firm hand, this does not seem to put out the right message.
To say that offenders will be dealt with 'robustly' then to take no action seems extremely contradictory. Surely if this lad was made an example of it would deter others especially at it was the local officer who dealt with it. When the police are running a campaign against this nuisance I would have expected a firm hand, this does not seem to put out the right message. jb

5:12pm Fri 22 Aug 08

Logik says...

Typical Nu-Labour toughness 'jb'. Still, do 35 in a 30 in the middle of the night and you will soon see the full weight of the law bearing down on you.

Nice to see the Police tackling such horrendous crimes though instead of picking the soft option of tackling more serious crimes.

Has anyone been stabbed by a mini-moto?
Typical Nu-Labour toughness 'jb'. Still, do 35 in a 30 in the middle of the night and you will soon see the full weight of the law bearing down on you. Nice to see the Police tackling such horrendous crimes though instead of picking the soft option of tackling more serious crimes. Has anyone been stabbed by a mini-moto? Logik

5:54pm Fri 22 Aug 08

PaulMeUnder says...

Can't they crush the ronkswood scumbag kids as well as the bikes. Save a lot of policing later on down the line.
Can't they crush the ronkswood scumbag kids as well as the bikes. Save a lot of policing later on down the line. PaulMeUnder

1:54am Sat 23 Aug 08

ronkswoody says...

chrisnewmanuk wrote:
where are the pictures?!
Chris you can see the pictures on the Nunnery Police Team Facebook page, I have just seen them up there.

http://www.facebook.
com/pages/Worcester-
United-Kingdom/West-
Mercia-Constabulary-
Nunnery-Local-Polici
ng-Team/22333711455
[quote][bold]chrisnewmanuk[/bold] wrote: where are the pictures?![/quote]Chris you can see the pictures on the Nunnery Police Team Facebook page, I have just seen them up there. http://www.facebook. com/pages/Worcester- United-Kingdom/West- Mercia-Constabulary- Nunnery-Local-Polici ng-Team/22333711455 ronkswoody

10:54am Thu 4 Sep 08

ronkswoody says...

The Local Police Officer involved has written a reply to JB and Logiks comments on his blog

http://nunnerylpt.bl
ogspot.com/2008/08/m
ini-moto-crushed.htm
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The Local Police Officer involved has written a reply to JB and Logiks comments on his blog http://nunnerylpt.bl ogspot.com/2008/08/m ini-moto-crushed.htm l ronkswoody
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