Thurrock Council Tackles Nuisance Bikes
WORKING in partnership with Essex Police and local councillors, Thurrock Council has made their stance towards nuisance motorcycling very clear today (Monday 3 April).
Signs, targeting nuisance motorcyclists, have been displayed along the perimeter of the new Barratts housing development in Butts Lane, Stanford Le Hope, after numerous resident complaints of noise, safety concerns and anti-social behaviour.
The signs state that “It is an offence for a person in charge of a motorcycle to ride: on private land without the consent from the land owner, On public land including parks, play areas and green spaces and on a road or public highway without valid documents, licence, insurance and a helmet.”
In a clear warning, the sign goes onto to explain: “Owners could have their vehicle seized as a result of such anti-social usage.”
Cllr Sue MacPherson explained the blight the riders are on the local community – she said: “I know ward councillors have been working with Essex Police for months to organise the signs which hopefully deter future offenders.
“Failing that, the signs also double up as an official first warning – meaning the Police are free to take enforcement action to anybody committing the offence rather than having to issue a verbal warning first.”
If you have any information about offenders or know where bikes are being stored or ridden, please call Essex Police on 101 or e-mail the dedicated Police Operation Sacrifice team on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to report a non-emergency crime or anti-social behaviour incident, please report online at essex.police.uk/do-it-online or call 101.