Dudley police use technology to help catch illegal bikers

Officers have launched a crackdown on off-road bikers in Dudley and have been using drones to help gather evidence.

Last weekend saw officers in Teddy Bear Park, Coseley on the lookout for off-road bikers who’ve been tearing across parkland and causing a nuisance to people living nearby.

The team have previously been to Fenns Pool and Barrow Hill in Brierley Hill, Bumble Hole nature reserve and Warrens Hall park. Sergeant Martin Bloomfield said:

“It is totally unacceptable for people to use local parks for off-road biking: it’s dangerous and a real noise nuisance.

“The parks should be relaxing, safe areas for people to spend time - they are not race tracks and people’s enjoyment of the parks is being ruined."
It’s illegal to ride bikes in a manner that might cause alarm or distress to a member of the public, while bikers using public parkland are also committing motoring offences.
Officers use drone footage to identify those involved. They’ll look to issue warning notices to offenders - anyone ignoring the warning faces having their bike seized and crushed and a date in court.
Anyone with information on illegal off-road biking can contact the team via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am to midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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