Cops get geared to tackle off-roaders

Police bring in new weapons against off-road menaces

WILTSHIRE POLICE have introduced off-road bikes to their fleet in a bid to help police tackle anti-social behaviour caused by mini motos and other nuisance motorbikes.

Up to 150 incidents involving motorbikes, both small and full-sized ones, are recorded by the county's police each month, but they believe the problem is much greater.

The off-road motorbikes and the kit needed to run them have cost £20,000.

Supt Richard Rowland, who is in charge of the community safety partnership, said: "Youngsters take mini motos and often stolen motorcycles and as soon as they get off-road there is little we can do - police cars and officers on foot or in normal bikes just cannot get off-road.

"These give us the chance to get to them and to talk to them, and officers also have the power to seize the vehicles if they aren't insured or are known as being used for anti-social behaviour.

"This is not about spoiling people's fun but it is about allowing members of the public to lead a quiet life."

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