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Off-road motorcycle user served Section 59 notice by Newark officers

An off-road motorcycle rider was warned by Newark officers his vehicle would be seized if they were caught driving in a careless or anti-social manner again over the next 12 months.

A Section 59 notice was served to the motorcycle off-roader as part of a day of action to combat the illegal and anti-social use of off-road motorbikes and quadbikes, which are causing residents distress.

Officers from Newark’s neighbourhood policing team and the newly formed Operation Reacher, headed out to farmland, woodland and disused colliery sites to catch offenders unaware.

Newark police. (42645427)
Newark police. (42645427)

Armed with Nottinghamshire Police's quadbike, marked and unmarked cycles, officers were quickly able to access these areas.

The activity is part of a major, ongoing operation called Operation Jericho that includes cross-border collaboration with teams at Sherwood and Mansfield as well as neighbouring forces. It follows complaints from residents in the area.

Pc Gareth Nicholls, of the Newark neighbourhood team, said: "We are committed to tackling the anti-social behaviour and damage caused by off-road vehicles. Some of which are stolen and many riders are uninsured and don't have licences.

Newark police. (42645429)
Newark police. (42645429)

"Despite being dangerous, the noise and damage caused to private and public land hugely impacts on local people and causes them constant misery.

"I hope the action we continue to take reassure people that we understand and we are listening to their concerns. We will not get complacent, we have regular events like the one today already planned in and we welcome any information the public can provide us with.

"Once we’ve identified offenders we will utilise all of our powers to take action which could ultimately end up with their bikes being crushed."

If anyone has any information about people using off-road bikes then please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101.

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