Harrogate Police continue clampdown on dangerous off-road bikes

Police have issued a number of images of people they would like to talk to about the unsafe use of off-road bikes in Harrogate.

Last week, officers urged residents in the town to get in touch whenever they witnessed mini-moto and trial bike riders putting themselves at risk.



Officers are keen to speak to the riders pictured, so they can establish the circumstances involved. Anyone who recognises the riders or their bikes is asked to get in touch. Please contact North Yorkshire Police via 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Amanda Hanusch-Moore or Harrogate Police, quoting reference number 12160086892. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Recently in Harrogate, a section 59 warning was issued to one moped rider; and another rider was disqualified from riding after being caught continuously on a moto-cross bike.

PC Amanda Hanusch-Moore, of Harrogate Police, said:

Illegal off-road bikers cause a nuisance to local residents, and put both themselves and other road users at serious risk of injury.

I’d like to remind people that riding any off-road bike or mini-moto in a public place is illegal unless it is on the road, the bike is fully roadworthy, taxed, insured and displaying a registration plate and the rider has a suitable DVLA license and is wearing a helmet.

Residents’ calls are vital to help us understand the full extent of the issue, and put a stop to this anti-social behaviour, so I am urging people to continue to get in touch. Please make a note of the vehicle’s registration, make and model, as well as anything else which might distinguish the rider, so that we can identify those involved.

For more information about the use of off-road bikes, visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/offroad

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