Police warning to nuisance moped riders in Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth
Four motorcyclists have been issued with written warnings by Hertfordshire police – including one show-off who performed a wheelie in front of officers in Sawbridgeworth.
Tackling persistent anti-social riding is a priority for the Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth Safer Neighbourhood Teams and their colleagues in Ware, following feedback from members of the public on policing priorities.
Those caught riding illegally or anti-socially can be issued with a written section 59 warning under the Police Reform Act 2002. If they are caught again within 12 months, police have powers to seize their machines. If offenders do not subsequently reclaim their bikes and pay storage or recovery fees within a set period, the vehicles can be crushed. Riders can also be reported for traffic offences.
Section 59 warnings have been issued to two riders in Sawbridgeworth and two in Ware over the summer.
In one instance, a teenager from Harlow was issued with a notice after riding along Bullfields in Sawbridgeworth on his back wheel – in front of officers who were holding a community engagement event at the time.
PCSO Amanda Higham, from the Sawbridgeworth Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "Anti-social riding is extremely dangerous and could lead to serious consequences. In many cases, the riders are not wearing helmets so are putting themselves in danger, as well as members of the public. Riding in this way also causes damage to the land and noise nuisance.
"Patrols have been increased in hotspot areas, including police quad bike patrols, and we will deal with any offenders robustly."