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22nd May, 2022

Young people 'reported' for riding mini-motorbikes illegally in Rubery

A NUMBER of young people have been reported for wheelies on the roads and other stunts on off-road motorbikes.

Rubery Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team has taken the action after a spate of incidents in and around the village.

PCSO Taylor said: “This is not only dangerous to the cyclists themselves, but also other road users and pedestrians.

“If this behaviour continues, it won’t be long before someone is injured or worse.”

And he made a plea to the parents of the young people.

“We ask you to consider your child’s safety and help stop this dangerous riding.”

The police said the anti-social behaviour of off-road motorbikes would not be tolerated.

“These vehicles can be used in a dangerous, noisy and anti-social way, generating lots of complaints to police.

“This can result in prosecution for the rider and in some cases the parents, who are held accountable for the actions of their children.”

It is illegal to ride any motorbike in public open spaces, such as parks, play areas or on pavements and West Mercia Police regularly receive complaints concerning the anti-social behaviour they bring.

Ambulance crews have also been called out to attend to children and young adults who have sustained serious injury from riding bikes illegally without a helmet or protective clothing.

The bikes can only be ridden on private land with the land owner’s permission – council-owned land is not private.

Bikes which are used illegally will be seized and crushed, the police warn.

If the bikes are ridden on roads they must have a DVLA registration (log book), a valid MoT, they must be fitted with lights and registration plates and have approved tyres.

The riders must be 17 or over (16 if it is a moped) and hold a valid driving licence.

Residents are also being urged to report any incidents to police, along with the name and address of the owner, where the bike is stored, when and where it is being used and any other useful information, such as the bike’s make, model and colour.

The police have a number of powers, under the ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014, including civil injunctions, Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO), community protection notices, public space protection orders and dispersal orders.

Anyone with any information on bikes being ridden illegally should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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