A PLANNED police operation was carried out to deal with disorder and anti-social behaviour caused by large groups of motorcyclists taking part in an unauthorised ‘ride out’.
Essex Police and the Metropolitan Police were made aware of plans by individuals linked to the group UK Bike Life to pass through Essex and gather in locations in London yesterday, Sunday October 30.
Officers were out in force across Essex and the borders with London and worked closely to minimise disruption and deal robustly with anyone found to be riding recklessly, acting anti-socially or committing crime.
Pockets of between 75 and 300 bikes and quadbikes were at various locations throughout the county, including Grays, Aveley, Tilbury, Corringham, Brentwood and Basildon.
During Sunday evening, officers successfully used a range of tactics, including stinger devices and seizing vehicles.
Some individuals were seen to drive recklessly and on the wrong side of roads.
There were also reports of criminal damage, riders on pavements, and letting off fire extinguishers at members of the public.
11 people were arrested for various offences, including drug-driving, conspiracy to commit public disorder and theft of motor vehicles.
Chief Inspector Nick Lee, who led the Essex Police operation, said: “Our paramount priorities were to ensure public safety and to deal with those intent on causing crime and disorder.
“The recklessness of some riders showed a blatant disregard for other road users and pedestrians, with officers witnessing some going the wrong way around a roundabout on the A13, the wrong way up a sliproad on the A128 and pulling wheelies on main roads.
“They were clearly intent on causing trouble and we worked closely with colleagues in the Metropolitan Police to use various powers and tactics as necessary to deal with offenders and minimise disruption to law abiding members of the public.”