New police motorbikes to tackle safety fears

Two new off road motorbikes have been bought by Community Matters - Locality Partnership in response to the growing number of issues caused by people riding quad-bikes and motorised vehicles

Police off-road motorbikes 2019

The bikes will be used by the police to address the increased levels of anti-social behaviour caused by the illegal use of quad-bikes on public roads, footpaths and fields.

Funding of around £15,000 from the Local Development Programme was approved to provide two new specialist Honda bikes along with protective equipment to improve the safety of local people.

Cllr Reddin, Convener of Bellshill Locality Partnership, explained: "It will give police the opportunity to engage more effectively with those causing issues in our communities and result in improved community safety for all.

"This issue was raised with us at community safety sub groups and is an excellent example of partnership working between the police and the council."

Trained police officers will use the bikes to patrol known hot-spot areas throughout North Lanarkshire.

Insp Keith Campbell of Police Scotland added: "This is a complex issue to deal with and can be the result of persons knowingly riding off road motorbikes in an illegal manner or by parents buying their children these vehicles and not being aware of the law surrounding them. There are of course people who use them legally, but the actions of others could potentially spoil it for them

"The police motorbikes will be a valuable asset in disrupting such behaviour and will extend the proactive reach of police resources to deter offenders as well as offering conspicuous and highly mobile re-assurance to the community.

"We share the safety concerns of the local community who are alarmed by the use of these vehicles in parks and pathways causing huge danger to children, residents and dog walkers.

"Identification of the individuals concerned is absolutely key to tackling this issue and anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."

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