Police in Tamworth say they are doing “everything they can” to combat a rise illegal off-road motorbikes being driven around the borough.
Incidents have increased in areas including Hodge Lane, Wiggington Park, Hamble, Caledonian, Saffron and Furness.
PCSO Deborah Harrison, an anti-social behaviour officer with Staffordshire Police’s southern Harm Reduction Hub, said the force was aware of the number of incidents being reported and added: “Off-road bikes cause significant danger to members of the public using cycle paths, parks, roads and open spaces.
“Working together we will make the area a safer place to live. Anti-social behaviour of this kind with not be tolerated.
“We would like to reassure you we are doing everything we can in order to prevent this behaviour.
“We are appealing for information. Please contact us if you are affected by off-road motorbikes, know the owners, the riders or the whereabouts of these bikes. Working together, we can make a real difference.
“You can message Staffordshire Police directly on Facebook or Twitter. You can speak to your local PCSO or you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 – this can be done anonymously.”
Police have a number of powers to tackle the issue including Section 59 Warnings issued to riders; the confiscation of motorbikes; the prosecution of riders and prosecuting driving offences.
Also, working with partner agencies, they can issue a Community Protection Warning to parents if the rider is under 16 years. And for those under 18, fines will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
A 15 year-old from Tamworth was caught riding a pit bike and an off-road bike on two separate occasions following repeated complaints from residents.
He was prosecuted for having no insurance and no licence and a motorbike was seized. At court he received six penalty points and a £200 fine.