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Nine off-road bikers and 4x4 drivers stopped for various offences by Newark and Sherwood officers investigating anti-social behaviour

Nine off-road bikers and 4x4 drivers were stopped for various offences by Newark and Sherwood officers investigating antagonistic behaviour in hotspot areas.

Four riders were stopped and issued with a warning notice for anti-social use of off-road motorbikes; three vehicles stopped and seized for being ridden without tax and insurance; and two vehicles stopped and the riders reported for summons to court for driving offences which consist of mobile phone use and riding without road tax.

Officers have spent three consecutive weekends out in the Newark and Sherwood area, where they've been working to tackle anti-social behaviour and criminal damage caused by off-road bikes, which has been affecting local landowners, famers and members of the community.

Pictures from the operation. (45655753)
Pictures from the operation. (45655753)

The hotspot areas include the A614; Deerdale Lane; Kirton; Walesby; and the 'desert' in Rainworth.

The issue is something residents said was a priority in the area through the #WhatMatters survey, which supports the force’s renewed focus on designated neighbourhood priorities and allows residents to have a say on what happens in their area.

The operation brings together officers from the Newark and Sherwood beat teams, Operation Reacher, rural specials, the force off-road bike team and the drone team.

Pictures from the operation. (45655747)
Pictures from the operation. (45655747)

District commander for Newark and Sherwood Heather Sutton, said: "This operation is a really positive example of the proactive approach we're taking to tackling the issues that the people of Newark and Sherwood tell us matter to them.

"As a rural community, our public and green spaces are extremely important and is something that our local community cares deeply about.

"This behaviour, where off-road bikes are being ridden on footpaths, in parks and on land without the owner's permission, is not only disruptive as a result of noise but also causes damage which the respective owners or organisations will then have to repair. This can often be costly both in terms of time and also financially.

Pictures from the operation. (45655750)
Pictures from the operation. (45655750)

"Since the operation, it is very promising to hear that we have seen a significant reduction in calls when it comes to the issue of illegal off-road biking, and our officers are dedicated to ensuring that this behaviour is discouraged before it happens and that this is a trend that continues.

"We would continue to encourage people to report any such issues to us and also to take part in the #WhatMatters Survey as this really helps us to take this targeted approach.

"We are here to listen and act upon information and we want to improve the lives of people in our communities by being proactive around issues that matter to them.

"If you are considering visiting Nottinghamshire on your motorbikes or quad bikes, be prepared to be stopped by the police, where we will take positive action."

To have a say on local policing, people can take the #WhatMatters Survey at: https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/neighbourhoods/what-matters

Advice on illegal off-road biking and how to report this to Nottinghamshire Police can be found at: https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/vehicle-nuisance

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