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Police launch scrambler bike crackdown in Blackmill

Pcso Wesgate with Emma Douglas and the Green Machine

PCSOs have teamed up with Coity Wallia Commons Project to tackle scrambler bike annoyance, and illegal motor vehicle anti-social behaviour, in and around Blackmill.

There have been a number of reports of scramblers and quads being used in the area and police are appealing for the public’s assistance in tackling the problem.

PCSO Carl Wesgate explains: “We are aiming to crack down on scrambler bikes being ridden recklessly and anti-socially on the common land around the Blackmill area. We are working with Coity Wallia Commons Project, and utilising their ‘green machine’ jeep, to target the areas where bikers gather and ride illegally.

“These gatherings cause annoyance and nuisance to people legitimately using and enjoying the countryside – the noise from these bikes can be very loud and distressing. We are concerned that unlicensed – and potentially unsafe motorbikes – continue to cause annoyance and nuisance to residents, as well as churning up the common land. Now we have access to the ‘green machine’ it enables us to have greater access to the common land, which helps with our aim of identifying offenders and take as many illegal riders off the common land as possible.

PCSO Wesgate continued: “There are powers in place to help us deal with offenders, including enforcement tools such as warning notices and powers to seize and crush bikes, which will be considered.

PCSO Wesgate added: “It is worth also highlighting that if a quad or scrambler is used on the road, even residential roads, the rider requires a licence and the vehicle must have insurance. Police have the power to seize the bike if it is uninsured or causing annoyance or distress to others. Scramblers or quads can only be used on private land with permission of the land owner.”

South Wales Police is urging members of the public to report any instances of scrambler bike annoyance, including the time and place of illegal scrambling, to them on 101.

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