Teen bikers are targeted

Tesco, Co-op and Co-op filling station, Market Street, Hemsworth. h1086k008
Tesco, Co-op and Co-op filling station, Market Street, Hemsworth. h1086k008
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POLICE have pledged to take tough action on teenage bikers who bring anti-social behaviour to the centre of Hemsworth.

Young people who use off-road vehicles in an anti-social or illegal manner can expect to have their vehicles seized and could even face the courts after Hemsworth residents raised their concerns at a recent Police and Communities Together (PACT) meeting.

Officers from the South Kirkby neighbourhood police team (NPT) have been handing out notices and sending letters to culprits, who have been using the vehicles around Hemsworth bus station and Tesco store, both on Market Street.

The officers are also trying to enlist the help of parents to stamp out their children’s behaviour and have produced a leaflet highlighting the law around the use of off-road motor vehicles, which will be delivered to parents through schools in the area.

Insp Jackie Turton, from the NPT, said: “Despite the work we have been doing in the area, this is still a problem.

“We want parents to help us and ensure that their children do not become involved in anything which causes upset or annoyance to other people.

“I would urge parents to ensure that if their children are out during the evening that they know where they are going, who they are with, when they will be back and how they will get back.

“We will take tough action against the perpetrators including seizing their vehicles and prosecuting them.”

Anyone with information about vehicles being used in an anti-social manner should call West Yorkshire Police on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.