Illegal bikes crackdown

Police tackle nuisance quad bikes - Inspector Geoff Carter (front) with John Scarr from WDH, PC Ian Hayes (Anti social unit), Andy Morgan (Tenancy support team) and Rob Harding (Operation Matrix) are having an action day to reduce them on the streets. H515A225
Police tackle nuisance quad bikes - Inspector Geoff Carter (front) with John Scarr from WDH, PC Ian Hayes (Anti social unit), Andy Morgan (Tenancy support team) and Rob Harding (Operation Matrix) are having an action day to reduce them on the streets. H515A225

POLICE are cracking down on illegal motorcyclists in the Express area.

Residents make at least two calls a day to police to report the bikes being used on and off roads through all hours of the day and the South East neighbourhood police team (NPT) want to put a stop to it.

Inspector Geoff Carter said officers from the NPT will investigate every single complaint they receive.

He said: “It is a dangerous activity for the people on the bikes as they regularly do not wear helmets. And it’s equally as dangerous for other road users and pedestrians.

“It greatly affects the quality of life for people as they are very noisy and cause damage to the footpaths and side paths that people use.”

Penalties for using the bikes can vary from points and fines to being disqualified from driving.

The police team has joined forces with Wakefield Council and Wakefield and District Housing to ensure that the problem is tackled thoroughly from all angles in the community.