Police in Greater Manchester have launched a new operation targeting anti-social behaviour on motorbikes, e-bikes and quadbikes

It follows a rise in the number of incidents relating to the anti-social use of motorbikes, e-bikes and quadbikes, both on and off road.

Criminals are also using these modes of transport to commit further crime, including drug supply, burglary and theft.

The anti-social use of these vehicles causes misery within communities, impacting on quality of life and posing danger to those using the region’s roads and open spaces.

Such behaviour has sadly led to fatal and serious injury road traffic collisions, which has a significant effect on riders, their families and local community.

Driven by data collated over the past two-years, a strategy has been devised which highlights districts with the highest reported ASB incidents and high-risk routes across Greater Manchester.

Officers from thr Specialist Operations Branch which includes units such as Roads Policing (RPU), Drone and Motorcycle Unit and the National Police Air Service (NPAS) will join neighbourhood teams in turning out to those specific hotspot areas to deter, detect and disrupt offences from taking place.

Working closely with partners across Greater Manchester, officers will use up-to-date intelligence to help direct them to areas of concern.

Superintendent John-Paul Ruffle from our Prevention Branch said: “We understand the majority of motorbike, e-bike and quadbike riders, use their vehicles in a safe and considerate manner and abide by the law. But, sadly, there are those that don’t and this poses a serious risk to not only themselves, but other road users also.

“Anti-social behaviour can take many forms and if it’s a problem for you, it’s a problem for us. It can disrupt our lives, make us feel unsafe in our communities and lead to further and more serious crimes.

“While some people may use off-road bikes in the way they were intended, others use them to ruin parks, playing fields and flagrantly violate traffic laws – which is exactly what this operation is intending to prevent.

“We target ASB in multiple ways – enhanced hotspot patrols, partnership work, and providing opportunities for young people to keep them from falling into criminality. While we always seek to engage, we will also enforce; anyone using these bikes irresponsibly will be spoken to and all appropriate action taken.”

“We will use every tool at our disposal, which includes specialist GMP resources to crackdown on this type of crime. I would also like to encourage residents to report incidents to us so we can take appropriate action.


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