Police put the brake on off-road bikers in new crackdown

GREATER Manchester Police is cracking down on the illegal, dangerous and anti-social use of off-road bikes – a long-standing problem in Carrbrook.


Greater Manchester Police tackling off-road biking in Millbrook and Carrbrook

Footage from the latest operation shows the specialist police team deployed to Wigan and Leigh.

It is an offence to use off-road vehicles on any land without permission and the force’s safer roads targeting team was introduced in 2017 to educate riders about their rights and responsibilities and promote the legal use of all off road vehicles.

Between January 2017 and January 2018, 100 off-road bikes were seized during various police operations across Greater Manchester.

In addition, 150 warnings were issued to riders using their vehicle in a manner to cause alarm, distress or annoyance.

Supt Gareth Parkin said: “We remain committed to tackling the very real danger that off-road bikes pose and officers will continue to liaise with the SRTT, focusing on specific problem areas and bringing offenders to justice.

“We encourage the public to remain vigilant and report any illegal activity to us on 101.

“We have also introduced a toolkit to help us work with communities to gather information and get the real picture of what is happening across Wigan.”

The toolkit is available on the GMP website and contains details on the information police and partners need to take action against those who ride off-road bikes illegally. It is designed to help tackle the problem.

View the toolkit online: www.gmp.police.uk/offroadbikes

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