Police clamp down on illegal mini-moto riders in Swindon
- 29 December 2011
- From the section Wiltshire
Youths illegally riding mini-motos, quad bikes and scrambler bikes in Swindon are being targeted by police.
The crackdown follows an increase in complaints about people riding on cycle paths, footpaths and playing fields in the Pinehurst area of the town.
The "highly dangerous activity" has nearly resulted in public injury on a number of occasions, the force said.
Police said they had confiscated nine bikes, which will be destroyed. They have issued two warning notices.
The most affected areas of the town include The Venny, Crossfields, The Circle Field and Council Field and Pinehurst Road.
Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Kuy Harrison, said they had received a number of complaints from residents.
"They are unable to walk in these public places without fearing that they are going to be knocked over," he said.
"The people riding these bikes need to realise that by riding them in these areas they are not only breaking the law but they are also endangering the lives of members of the public."