Police clamp down on illegal off-road riding

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Police are clamping down on riders near Nottingham after an increase in reports about anti-social behaviour involving off-road motorcycles around the Ashfield area.

To tackle this, local police have launched Operation Incalculability and have tasked a team of 12 officers who are able to use off-road motorcycles to patrol the area and will involve officers stopping and checking vehicles.

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The operation was set up after more than 300 incidents of anti-social behaviour were reported in the last 12 months.

The officers have been armed with off-road bikes to help them to attack the problem head-on with the officers riding them specifically trained to ride on the dirt.

Officers will be patrolling the area every weekend during the summer months to deter riders from unlawfully riding. They will be specifically targeting areas of private land where riders are known to gather and also public places and forestry commission areas where there could be a danger to the public. 

Random patrols will take place in Theives Wood, Stoneywood, Annesley Cuttings, Export Drive and Harlow Wood – all of which are known anti-social riding hot-sport areas.

The operation comes only a few months after a group of motorcyclists and quad riders wreaked havoc in Nottingham city centre, pulling wheelies and riding in an aggressive and dangerous manner.

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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer