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Dangerous, illegal bikes must be stopped

April 22, 2017 11:20 AM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Hampshire Police are appealing for help in "tackling motorcycle nuisance in Southampton".

OpTorqueimage.original (Hampshire Police)This latest call comes after two off-road bikes were seen riding illegally on Lower Brownhill Road, between 7pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday, 18 April.

In a direct appeal to the public, PC Simon Peacock from the Southampton West Neighbourhood Policing Team said;

"These bikes are not road legal and were being ridden at speed, putting not only themselves at serious risk, but pedestrians and other road users.

"Do you know this man? We are keen to speak to him in relation to this incident, so I would like to hear from anyone who recognises him."

OpTorqueimage2.original (Hampshire Police)Commenting, Redbridge resident and Liberal Democrat campaigner Simon Stokes says:

"This is an ongoing problem in the Redbridge/Millbrook area. I have experienced near-misses myself, where bikes have charged out of junctions, without lights, their riders without helmets and hoodies tied up tightly around their faces. It's dangerous, and it has to stop."

Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Test Thomas Gravatt adds:

"It's imperative that the police catch these motorbike users, who are endangering lives by riding in an irresponsible and reckless manner on pavements, parks and alleyways in the city."

Further details can be found here.