GMP Launches Specialist Team to Tackle Off Road Bike Use
GMP has launched a specialist policing team to tackle off-road bike use, we need all local residents to "complain" to the unit in order that our area is serviced by the new team and those bikes that are committing offences are taken off our roads.
For motorbike enthusiasts that enjoy legal and safe riding, on or off road, we ask for your support in helping to eradicate those that give sport a bad name!
The Safer Road Targeting Team
The new Safer Road Targeting Team at GMP will be on hand for community officers if off-road bikes are being used illegally in their area, equipped with a fleet of on and off-road bikes and unmarked police cars. The team will consist of seven off road bikes based at Eccles, but covering the whole of Greater Manchester and GMP has also launched a community toolkit to give people information on how they can help police and other agencies tackle the issue.
Chief Inspector Tariq Butt, who heads up GMP’s Road Policing Unit comments:
“Off-road bikes are being driven illegally and are a big concern for us and also for the people of Greater Manchester.” He added, “We need people to be active in looking after themselves and their neighbours and this toolkit gives people the information that they need to do this when it comes to off-road bikes.”
The Community Toolkit
Step 1: Make a Note
Keep a note of what is happening and when. A record sheet is included in the toolkit to help you keep track of goings on.
Step 2: The More, the Better
The more information you have, the better. Get in touch with other local groups such as your Neighbourhood Watch and speak to neighbours to see if they have noticed anything.
Step 3: Speak to the Relevant Authorities
If the problem keeps happening, or there are aggravating factors such as bikes being driven on public roads, or causing direct danger to members of the public, you can ask for support. Speak with your local authority, or housing provider to see if they can help as these organisations work with the police to tackle the issue, but first they need information from the public.
Step 4: Call the Police
If the problem continues after you’ve exhausted all other options, you should get in touch with your local neighbourhood policing team. The police have the power to seize off-road bikes if they are being used illegally.
The full toolkit can be found here.
Photographs or video can help support work to tackle the problem, but make sure you are not putting yourself at any risk by taking one.