Police Seize Pit Bike In South Telford
At just before 8.15am on Tuesday 28 August, officers from the South Telford Local Policing Team (LPT) seized a 50cc off-road pit bike in a carefully pre-planned operation.
The operation was carried out after police received numerous calls and complaints from local residents about the way the bike was being ridden in areas such as Coalbrookdale and ‘Rough Park'.
Speaking about the seizure of this pit bike, and the reasons behind it, PC Berwyn Pratt, Local Police Officer for Woodside, said:
"We received information that the 20-year-old rider of this bike had been causing problems for several weeks and was showing a blatant disregard for the safety of the public and also the natural environment locally.
"The 20-year-old man had already received a Section 59 warning and when this failed to change his behaviour it was decided the bike should be seized.
"We quickly established the man rode this bike to work in Madeley everyday and therefore, on Tuesday morning, we waited for him on his route to work and stopped him in the underpass near Waverley in Woodside.
"As this was his second offence - after previously receiving the warning notice - the bike was immediately seized and is now set to be scrapped.
"I really hope this demonstrates our commitment to tackle issues that trouble local people and we are hopeful that it will also show other pit bike users that we will act positively to stop them if they cause problems or use them illegally.
"I would remind anyone with concerns about anything in their local community that they can contact their own Local Policing Team by calling West Mercia Police's non emergency phone number 101.
"Alternatively more specific information about West Mercia Police's Local Policing Teams can be found by logging on to the force website."