Police are taking a zero tolerance approach to problems with nuisance bikers in south Leeds.
Following complaints from local residents Holbeck police off-road motorcycle officers have been trying addressing the issue of the anti-social use of motorcycles.
August saw an overall reduction of 37% in the number of calls for service. Police say this is mainly due to a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to problem areas, and an increase in the number of vehicles seized by officers.
PC Lee Armstrong has been working alongside council officers and colleagues from neighbouring divisions to address the issue.
A police spokesman said:
“It appears that the message has now hit home amongst local youths, many of whom have told us that they have sold their bikes as a result of the increased attention.”
Of the 14 calls received in the Beeston and Holbeck Ward area,four resulted in Section 59 warnings being issued, and on four occasions the bike itself was seized.
At the same time Holbeck NPT has seen a small increase in thefts of motor scooters in particular, and as the academic year begins, PC Armstrong will be targeting scooter owners in a bid to raise awareness and offer additional security advice.