This year’s mini-moto and off-road biking season has got off to a crushing start for two mini-moto owners. The early crushing marks the start of several months of initiatives and operations being planned by Birmingham South Local Policing Unit, Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Fire Service.
As well as the nuisance caused to local residents and parks users, the use of mini-motos and off-road bikes can be extremely dangerous to those using them, as well as pedestrians and other road and park users. The bike seizures are one of a number of tactics in place to protect both communities and young people from harm and marks some smarter, closer working between the Police, Council and Fire Service to take action this year.
If you are affected by or concerned about the use of mini-motos and off-road bikes in your neighbourhood or local park how can you help?
Are off road motorbikes causing a nuisance in your neighbourhood? Do you have any information about the use of these vehicles, where they’re being ridden and who by? Call your local police on 101.
If you want to provide information anonymously, contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Information that can help police may include:
- The name and address of the owner of the off road motorbike
- Where the bike is stored
- When and where the bike is being used (e.g. days, times and routes)
- Any other useful information such as a description of those who use the bike and its make/model/colour
Talk to the police officer or council anti-social behaviour officer handling your complaint before taking any photographs or filming people, places or vehicles you suspect are causing a nuisance in your neighbourhood. Also consider:
- Your recording device may be seized as evidence – this includes mobile phones.
- People can get the wrong idea about what you’re filming and why, potentially leading to a volatile situation.
- Legal restrictions are placed on photographs or video footage of children 16 and under which are defined by law as indecent.
- Private spaces, such as the home, are also protected and this could result in an invasion of privacy if ignored.
- Evidence from people who have seen or experienced anti-social behaviour first-hand is more compelling in court than photo or video evidence.