Bikers targeted with unmarked police cars, motorcycles and helicopter

Published: 17 March 2008

Police in Nottingham are targeting motorcyclists with unmarked bikes, cars and a helicopter in a series enforcement operations.

The force says the aim of Operation Retina is to cut rider casualties on the county’s roads. Officers will stop riders to carry out bike checks and give “advice on wearing high visibility clothing”.

“There will also be a number of unmarked police motorcyclists checking for excessive speed and anti-social riders,” the force added in a statement.

The force said there would be around a dozen enforcement days focussing on routes including the A52, A46 and A543.  

It said: “Unmarked police bikes and cars will also patrol these routes to deter excessive speeding and anti-social riding… A Police helicopter may also be deployed to monitor speeding bikers and motorists along key routes.”

The force said that of 79 bikes stopped during Operation Retina’s first three days, 18 were found to be “mechanically unsound”.