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Crackdown on illegal motoring

A crackdown on illegal motoring and anti-social behaviour caused by nuisance driving will be continued in Coalville following a successful partnership operation.

Officers from Coalville ran the initiative in conjunction with North West Leicestershire District Council – targeting those driving off road motorbikes in local hot spots, alongside other motorists driving illegally.

Operation Yorker also saw a bike seized for having no tax or MOT and a car seized for having no valid documentation. A man was also arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and has been released pending further inquiries.

In addition, a number of HGVs were also stopped as part of the operation and prevented from entering weight restriction zones in the town. Officers are continuing to follow up a number of other enquiries into drivers and their vehicles as part of the operation.

Operation Yorker was conducted by Coalville police officers with support from the Tactical Road Policing Team across three days earlier this month.

Sergeant Garry Johnson from Coalville’s Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Those using off road motorbikes illegally as well as those driving without relevant tax and insurance will not be tolerated. Officers will continue to target drivers using the road network illegally and causing a nuisance.”

The operation formed part of the beat team’s response to local neighbourhood issues raised by residents. This has seen new signage put up to warn motorists of their legal duties and entrances and exits strengthened to prevent access from motor vehicles. It also makes absolutely clear to off road bikers the locations where they are not allowed to ride and are running the risk of having their bikes confiscated.

Mini motos quad bikes and other off road vehicles cannot legally be ridden on the road, nor can they be used on pavements, footpaths on parkland, common land or wasteland. They can only be ridden legally on dedicated sites or private land, with the permission of the landowner.

Councillor Trevor Pendleton, Chair of Safer North West Leicestershire Partnership said: “Many driving offences are reported to us as anti-social behaviour as they cause a nuisance or danger to the public, and we work with the police to combat these crimes.

“Funding from the Safer North West Leicestershire Partnership helps equip our police colleagues with some of the resources they need to prevent these types of crimes. Tackling the illegal use of off road motorbikes is a particular priority for us at the moment as we are fully aware of the nuisance this causes to people.

“We will continue to work with our partners and offer funding support where appropriate to ensure the issues our residents are facing are tackled efficiently and effectively.”

Published: Wed 8 August, 2018

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