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Bikes shatter village’s peace

HOOLIGANS tearing around on off-road bikes are shattering the peace and quiet in borough villages.

HOOLIGANS tearing around on off-road bikes are shattering the peace and quiet in borough villages.

Councillor Bob Sleigh has called for an urgent meeting with police after being contacted by concerned residents.

He said that the bikes and mini motos were churning up open spaces in Bickenhill, Marston Green and Hampton-in-Arden.

As many as six bikes are regularly racing around farmland between Elmdon Road and Elmdon trading estate.

They’ve also been seen in the vicinity of Millennium Wood, a local nature reserve.

Coun Sleigh (Con, Bickenhill) said that the noise was considerable and felt police could do more to deal with the culprits.

“People’s lives are being made a misery and the safety of others seems not to be taken seriously,” he said.

“The police do have powers to deal with this issue but residents tell me when they contact the police little is done.”

Linda Poulson, from Bickenhill Parish Council, felt officers were trying their best to trace the boy-racers: “It’s a case of identifying those responsible, though this has been a problem for some time.

“There was one report, admittedly unsubstantiated, of a child being taken round on the back of one of the bikes.

“Obviously this causes us a great deal of concern.” A police spokeswoman said that reports tended to increase in the summer and that they did take the issue seriously.

“We would warn offenders that we can seize their bikes and have them crushed.

“Some parents are spending up to £200 on the vehicles as birthday or Christmas presents.

“But we would remind people that it’s illegal to ride them on public roads or land.”

 

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