Police to crackdown on nuisance motorbike riders in Hartcliffe and Dundry Slopes
NUISANCE bikers who ride off road around open countryside and estates around Hartcliffe are being warned they could have their vehicles seized by police.
Police are called out regularly to complaints of teenagers riding off road motorcycles on the Dundry slopes and through the estates of Hartcliffe.
The problem with nuisance bikers has been a historic one over the years in south Bristol which is surrounded by large areas of open countryside.
At one point police were dealing with dozens of calls every day, although following a series of crackdowns, the problem has now reduced.
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But as the weather is set to get warmer and the nights lighter, police are renewing their warning that anyone found causing a nuisance on off road bikes in the area risk having their bikes seized.
Last month officers from the Bishopsworth neighbourhood team stopped three men riding a bike up and down Gatehouse Avenue in Hartcliffe.
A man is now being dealt with for riding without insurance and without a licence.
Neighbourhood Inspector Nigel Colston said: "The problem with nuisance bikers is a historic one as there are quite a few areas of open space around the south Bristol area.
"One particular area is the Dundry Slopes and we have had problems with riders coming off the agricultural land and riding through the estates.
"Not only do these motorcyclists put themselves at risk by riding through the estates, they also pose a real danger to members of the public.
"The problem has reduced over the years but with the warmer weather and lighter evenings we will be increasing our patrols in the area and will be dealing with anyone we find riding illegally or irresponsibly."
Police have the power to issue a section 59 notice to anyone riding off road illegally or causing a nuisance.
A warning is issued which lasts 12 months and if caught again the rider risks having their bike seized.
Police can also seize bikes immediately which are being ridden illegally.
All warnings are recorded on the police national computer.
Inspector Colston added: "We will be increasing our patrols in the area as the weather improves.
"We also want to encourage the local community to report problems to us so we can identify those responsible and take action."