Police crush nuisance bikes
MINI motorbikes have been seized and crushed by police in a campaign to clamp down on nuisance rides in Barton Street.
Police in Barton, Tredworth and the White City area are taking strong action to stop the anti-social use of mopeds and mini motos.
A 15-year-old boy riding a mini moto in Hartland Road last week was stopped by officers who discovered he was driving it without insurance or the proper documentation.
They seized the bike immediately and it was subsequently crushed.
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Elsewhere a 16-year-old boy performing wheelies on a moped in the Barton area was stopped and his scooter confiscated.
He had previously ignored a ‘Section 59’ warning, requiring him to stop using his vehicle in an anti-social manner.
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.
PC Nick Crocombe said: “Anti-social use of moped and mini motos can cause a lot of alarm and distress to the community.
“Where people flout the law we will warn, seize and even crush bikes. This could happen if you are riding anti-socially or if your vehicle is unsuitable for the road or uninsured.
“Currently it is illegal to drive a mini moto or moped on the road without both insurance and a licence and that it is only possible to get a licence once you are sixteen or over.
“There are also many nasty injuries people sustain while driving a mini moto, including broken ankles, flesh wounds and gravel rash.
“We really want young people to think twice before getting on these machines – they certainly aren’t toys and they can cause a lot of disruption in our neighbourhoods.”