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Officers target off-road bikers

Wednesday April 5 2017

POLICE say they're continuing to tackle nuisance off-road bikers after an operation saw them issue warnings in Grimethorpe, Great Houghton, Shafton, Mapplewell and Darton.

Officers have been responding to what they say is an increase in concerns of off-road bikes being ridden in pedestrianised areas during anti-social hours.

Inspector Brad Wynne, said: “Off-road bikes can be extremely anti-social and we have had an increased number of concerns about bikes being ridden in an aggressive manner and in areas where they shouldn’t.

“As a result of this, Sunday saw our officers and PCSOs involved in targeted and systematic patrols to identify off-road bikers. This is just one of a number of operations we will be carrying out to tackle this issue.

“A number of warnings were issued to several off-road bikers throughout the day, in areas including Grimethorpe, Great Houghton, Shafton, Mapplewell and Darton.

“The response we’ve had so far has been extremely positive and I’d always encourage anyone with information regarding off-road bikes being ridden in an anti-social or aggressive manner to get in touch with us.

Anyone with information or concerns regarding off-road bikes please call 101 or speak to your local officer.

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Reply Posted by Mr Reality Check on Wednesday April 5 2017 at 12:55
Good, they should take the bikes of them whilst they're at it.

The bikes do terrible damage to path surfaces and the noise is terrible.

A lot of them don't have insurance either so god help anyone they run over.

Reply Posted by ryan on Wednesday April 5 2017 at 15:10
Nothing betterr to do than take photos and issue warnings to 5/6 years olds on little quads that are no louder than a hair drye, whilest been supervised by their parents.....a mean come on there is literaly no harm what so ever .

Reply Posted by scott nowttdowiu on Wednesday April 5 2017 at 16:45
End a day if u think bak reyt thers always been off road bikes in grimey thers a proper track for people t go ride bikes n ther allways as been an people tht go there ar decent people that go there t enjoy the self u stop em an its garenteed that crime will go up in grimey in nuisance kids that dunt no wot else to do wi the sens fair does riding streets an were people walk is wrong but if police stated we can go up track with out any hassle as long es u dont ride streets t get there an b allowed t push it ther nuisence bikes wud b a thing of past believe or not. av road bikes up ther for 30 years an an only time u bcome a nuisence is wen police come up track bcose u do wot ever u can t get away from em

Reply Posted by MR Anon on Wednesday April 5 2017 at 17:04
@ryan no I dont think so. These are not 5/6 year olds. These are 12+ year old with no regard to their own or anyone elses safety. Riding like idiots on main roads that they havent been properly trained, have no insurance and/or no common sense.

@scott nowttodowiu arguing the point that if you stop the bikers, crime will go up is about a valid as Trumps presidential election.
The fact that these bikers are using public highways to ride, ie roads, footpaths and pavements. This is illegal, ergo a crime.
As mentioned above, the bikers ride their bikes with often no insurance, license and no common sense. They are often idiotic who ride 2 to 4 people on a bike (and trust me I have seen this) , without helmets and when challenged by members of the public are threatened. They are a danger to themselves and a menace, but when innocent people are in danger and believe me it will happen sooner or later that a major accident will occur because of these idiots.

Reply Posted by Roland C Powell on Wednesday April 5 2017 at 18:28
Leave young people on bikes alone. Police should find the criminals within their organisation.

Reply Posted by Dean on Wednesday April 5 2017 at 19:05
Sadly its true. Some riders do take the p#ss, not all but there is a small minority that act like total d#@kheads. I've had near misses when I've been driving home along park springs bypass because they weren't paying attention and who's fault would it have been if I hit him? There should be a designated area, away from houses and they should transport their bikes there and not ride to the tracks, simple as.

Reply Posted by Mr Anon on Wednesday April 5 2017 at 21:54
Kids having a laugh, whilst endangering peoples lives or by making lives a misery with access noise? Yeah of course. Next you'll be telling me the kids that hang around Asda, congregating around so people struggle to get in or out and harassing customers are just having a laugh too.

Reply Posted by Susan Shore on Wednesday April 5 2017 at 23:50
We have a severe problem in Birdwell where quad bikes and motor bikes are using where the development for J36 and across to worsbrough. They have absolutely wrecked the area and are there on a daily basis. I have logged it on several occasions with 101 as I have frightening experienced whilst ride my horse. They actually use Hay Green lane as a entry point which I fear will eventually cause an accident.

Reply Posted by jenny reeve on Thursday April 6 2017 at 07:42
Every week we come across grown men on bikes and quads. Their on the bridleways from Wombwell to cudworth. never slow down when they come passed you. its an absolute joke. there is no deterent. they can't be caught. The field near the police horses has now been made into a race track. not by permission of the land owner.

Reply Posted by push the right things on Thursday April 6 2017 at 08:10
Offroad graffiti 'artists' and drink/drug adults in the parks would be a better focus

Reply Posted by Wayne on Thursday April 6 2017 at 10:28
Kids and adult should be allowed to ride off road bikes in permitted areas. The uk is one of the only countries where off road bikes are really popular and are easily available but no concideration is taken to facilitate it. Stop punishing people for there hobbies and blame councils for not caring enough. I can go and by a push bike and ride it anywhere i want even on busy roads with no training and no safety gear no insurance or tax and cause a major accident so does that mean push bike riders should be victimised? Off road biking is like a tradition in barnsley and it will never stop. Not providing somewhere to ride and treating riders like outlaws will only make things worse.

Reply Posted by dont give a .... what your think on Thursday April 6 2017 at 10:29
whats your problem kids ridin bikes there not hurting anyone its just morngy idiots moaning did you ever forget that you was young at some point at least while there out on bikes there not robbin everyone its something for them to do saddos is what you are just wasting money wen you could be gettin all smackheads in stead whats robbin everyone on a daily basis grow up

Reply Posted by Dave Moncreif on Saturday April 8 2017 at 10:42
And yet the daywalkers i.e the smack rats and alchos are still allowed to run amok in the town centre...

Same old SYP getting their priorities all wrong as per

Reply Posted by MAZ on Sunday April 9 2017 at 09:46
Pity laws nowt else better to do, They have nowhere to go bikers, Councils more bothered about spending on TAB END Detectives. They should build them a track then they wouldn't be all over place.

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Monday April 10 2017 at 16:04
Crush these infernal machines .