Operation Targets Illegal Bikers in Newport

Gwent Police officers have spent two consecutive nights targeting the criminal use of mopeds, motorbikes and other electric bikes across the city.

The operation, which ran over throughout Thursday and Friday evening, saw officers from a number of different teams and units come together to tackle the issue.

During the action officers conducted patrols in unmarked vehicles in a bid to catch offenders in the act of riding anti-socially and committing crime.

In total ten moped and motorcycles were seized along with three high value mountain bikes and electric bikes.

A further nine vehicles were seized for a variety of offences including no valid insurance and dangerous driving. Another five men were arrested for offences including disqualified driving, possession of heroin and drug driving.

Officers also pursued one offender for dangerous driving and failing to stop for police; the 24 year old was then arrested and detained.

Three men between the ages of 18 and 21 years old were also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs.

Whilst officers were not out to spoil anyone's fun, especially those that do ride legally and abide the laws, the force are reminding users that driving these high powered bikes anti-socially can cause alarm and distress to other road users and residents.

Anti-social driving can range from being careless to deliberate activity, including: speeding, thoughtless driving, continuous lapping on an area, mounting and riding on pedestrian pavements, drink and drug driving and driving a vehicle in an unsafe condition.

Area Support Police Sergeant John Davies said:
"Groups who continue to deal drugs and commit crime throughout Newport will always look at ways to avoid arrest and prosecution. What we have achieved as a force using specialist resources, together with local knowledge and engagement this weekend,  is proof that we will always find tactics to combat these problems. We are now on the front foot with combatting moped and motorcycle enabled crime which is plaguing our communities. We need the public's assistance to obtain intelligence, information and evidence to identify those responsible, locate the bikes, seize them and report the offenders to court."

Local Commander, Superintendent Matt Williams said:
"This operation follows concerns from local residents whose lives are impacted upon following the illegal use of motor bikes and mopeds. Whilst the vast majority of motorcyclists obey the law, there are a small minority who ignore the rules and ride dangerously, irresponsibly and for the purposes of crime. This is not acceptable and we will continue to target those intent on behaving in this way."

If you have any concerns or information relating anti-social behaviour and driving in your area please call 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017