Humberside Police roll out Yamaha Ténéré 700-riding bike crime taskforce

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Humberside Police have launched a new force-wide operation designed to target criminals using motorbikes to commit offences, as well as deliberately evade arrest.

Operation Yokohama kicked off on Wednesday, 22 May, with officers photographed alongside a fleet of Yamaha Ténéré 700 adventure bikes.

Members from the Roads Policing team have undertaken advanced off-road training to help them chase riders deliberately running from the law, with the group focussing on criminal hotspot locations both on- and off-road.

“Using motorbikes to evade officers often leads to dangerous situations for other road users, and that’s why it is important for us to be proactive in taking these offenders off our roads,” Inspector John Rickells said.

Humberside Police off-road team sitting on Yamaha Ténéré 700s

“As part of the operation, officers have received further training which will allow them to pursue offenders on motorbikes and do all that they can to ensure prompt arrest and prevent further crime being committed.

“Officers from the team will be working closely with officers involved with Operation Yellowfin to share information across teams, to ensure resources are targeted effectively, as well as taking part in days of action to tackle high harm offenders.”

As well as focussing on certain areas, Humberside Police will be kitted out with specially equipped motorcycles and use equipment like stingers to bring nuisance riders to a stop. They will also be supported by the wider Roads Policing team when dealing with pursuits.

“They will also be providing reassurance to the public by being visible in locations which we receive the most reports about,” Inspector Rickells continued.

“There is no place for crime in Humberside, and we will do everything we can to make sure that those who engage in such behaviour are put before the courts.

“We would always ask that anyone who may have concerns, or information about crime related to motorbikes to please contact us on our non-emergency number 101, or by calling 999 in an emergency. If you would like to report information anonymously, you can call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”