Mini moto bikes crushed: Police warn teens they're clamping down
MINI moto bikes have been crushed after teenagers failed to heed warnings from police.
Officers in the city promised to get tough on nuisance riders and a number of the bikes have been seized and even destroyed.
A 15-year-old boy on a mini moto was stopped in Hartland Road and, because he was driving it without insurance or the proper documentation, police seized the bike and it has now been crushed.
A 16-year-old boy performing wheelies on a moped in the Barton area was stopped and his scooter confiscated.
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He had ignored a previous Section 59 warning requiring him to stop using it in an anti-social way.
He has now been reported for summons to court and will face a one-off bill of £150 plus storage costs of £20 a day until the case is resolved.
James Ansell, a director at Gloucester Bike Specialists, said: "There is a time and a place to use mini motos. Irresponsible riders should face the consequences and I fully support the police's tough stance on the issue."
Linden residents have been plagued with teens riding them on pavements, said chairman of the residents' association Lyn Ackroyd who added: "They have to be made to think twice. I fully support the police confiscating bikes from those who are not insured. It is irresponsible and the way some of these people ride around means there could be a serious accident."
Earlier this month, police in Hucclecote issued a warning that they would be clamping down.
PC Nick Crocombe said: "It is illegal to drive a mini moto or moped on the road without both insurance and a licence and it is only possible to get a licence once you are 16 or over."