Police crack down on nuisance bikers in Tuffley
POLICE are cracking down on rogue riders in Linden and Tuffley.
Officers visited a man who was named as one of the riders pictured previously in The Citizen.
He was warned of the dangers of riding a motorbike in built-up areas and told of the penalties he could face if he is caught.
Four Section 59 notices have also been given out to riders who have been biking anti-socially in The Oval and Tuffley Park areas and police say if they re-offend their bikes will be seized.
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A number of other named riders will be visited by police officers and given a talk about road safety.
As part of the action to tackle the issue, Gloucestershire police have joined with Project Solace, Safer Gloucester and Gloucester City Homes to review what measures can be put in place.
This will ensure a more joined up approach to the problem and mean a wider range of sanctions can be used.
For instance, if an offender is a tenant in social housing, it could lead to eviction.
PCSO Sylvia Lane said: "The issue in Tuffley had calmed down up to a few days ago but since Saturday we have had a number of reports of youths on scrambler bikes in and around Beaufort School.
"The riders are tearing through built-up areas, and frequently travelling on to cause a nuisance in Kingsway.
"These people think they aren't doing anything wrong which is a big concern and why we're making a point about education. When the schools come back we're going to be sending local officers to give talks about the dangers the riders are creating for themselves and others.
"The photos and videos we have been sent by local people illustrate this perfectly and show why residents have been so distressed.
"In conjunction with targeted patrols and the work with our fellow agencies we are doing everything we can to clamp down on this but we still need help from the community.
"If you see this going on or know anyone who is involved call 101."