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Ongoing operation puts brakes on nuisance off-road biking in Ashfield district

December 26, 2017
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Reports of anti-social and illegal use of off road motorbikes and quad bikes in the Ashfield district have reduced by nearly 60 per cent since the launch of an ongoing Nottinghamshire Police operation.

Operation Incalculability has been using a mix of education and enforcement to tackle this issue, commonly identified by the communities we serve as their ‘number one priority’.

Between 30 July and 19 November this year the Force received 28 reports relating to the anti-social use of off-road bikes in the Ashfield district compared to 68 reports for the same period in 2016. This amounts to a 59 per cent decrease in the number of reported incidents over this four-month period.

Sergeant Carl Holland, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "These results show that we’re having a positive impact in tackling the criminal, dangerous and anti-social use of these off-road vehicles.

"As well as seizing vehicles, as part of our ongoing operation we’ve also made a number of arrests and issued Section 59 warning notices and traffic offence reports to riders."

As part of our operational activity on Sunday 17 December 2017 we seized a stolen quad bike.

Sgt Holland added: "We know that nuisance off-road biking, an issue which is prevalent during the whole year, can cause real misery within our communities.

"We will continue our efforts, working closely with partners and landowners, to crack down on this anti-social behaviour but we’re asking members of the public to help us clamp down on off-road bikes by reporting incidents to us.

"If anyone has any information about people using off-road bikes then please call us on 101."

For more information and guidance about legal requirements of owning and using these vehicles please visit our website at https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/vehicle-nuisance

Not everyone using off-road motorbikes does so illegally and there are a number of specialist sites where they can be ridden legally.

Details of places and facilities where off-road bikes can be ridden safely and legally in the Nottinghamshire area can be found online.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has vowed to prioritise the issue of illegal off-roading in the county over the next 12 months, alongside other crime and disorder problems which cause misery to Nottinghamshire communities, and he is calling on local groups to help.

He’s invited community groups across Nottinghamshire to bid for a share of £250,000 to help cut crime and keep people at risk of offending on the right path.

His Community Safety Fund for 2018/19 will be invested into grassroots projects that help people stay safe and recover from their problems.

The fund is open to voluntary, charitable and third sector organisations whose goal is to make life better and safer for their community - including diversionary schemes which channel young people’s energy into positive work.

Mr Tipping said: "We want to address some of the persistent issues which blight the lives of ordinary people. One of those is illegal off-road biking and we are working very closely with the Force to support the enforcement work put in place to tackle this problem.

"My Community Safety Fund is available to groups or organisations which want to help the police prevent crime with positive and proactive activities that create a real sense of wellbeing for their community and engage people in productive work.

"We have already achieved a lot through this Fund and I’m pleased that I can support some really worthwhile projects in 2018/19 with some much-needed funding."

The Commissioner has outlined several key themes for this year’s Community Safety Fund in line with the refreshed Police and Crime Plan. Projects must contribute directly to a reduction in offending, antisocial behaviour, victimisation or reduce demand for the police.

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to organisations which support the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan and can demonstrate success in their work.

The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 19 January 2018 and funding will be allocated for the financial year 2018-2019. 

More information and grant application forms are available online at www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk.

PICTURE: From left are Sgt Carl Holland, Nottinghamshire PCC Paddy Tipping and Sgt Simon Whitehouse

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