Warwickshire residents urged to "dob in" nuisance bikes - The Leamington Observer

Warwickshire residents urged to "dob in" nuisance bikes

IT’S time to “dob in” nuisance bikes in Warwickshire according to council chiefs.

Residents are being encouraged to report nuisance bikes in their area using a new online reporting form on the Warwickshire County Council website, to help put an end to the issues they create for local communities.

Anti-social behaviour caused by nuisance bikes accounts for a large proportion of reports in the county, and a campaign called ‘Dob ‘Em In’ is highlighting the importance of sharing information about perpetrators.

As members of the Safer Warwickshire Partnership, WCC’s community safety team and Warwickshire Police are working together to make it easier for people to report crime and safety concerns that are impacting on local communities.

As well as using the new reporting form at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/dobemin, people can also report nuisance bikes to the police by phoning 101 in a non-emergency.

Nuisance bikes, whether they are motorbikes, e-bikes, or quad bikes, can be a cause of concern for several reasons, which is why people are being asked to report any incidents if their area is blighted by the issue.

WCC’s community safety spokesperson Coun Andy Crump said: “The noise that is created by nuisance bikes disturbs people in their homes, gardens, and community.

“The riders often have no regard for other people’s safety on the public highway or byways, nor do they care about being road legal.

“There are several actions that can and are being used against these riders, but we need residents’ help to focus resources and direct the right action to specific locations and people, which is why our community safety team are encouraging residents to report incidents.”

If bikes are being used in a manner which causes alarm, distress or annoyance, Warwickshire Police can issue notices under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act or seize the bike.

Police Officers can also attend addresses with Council Tenancy Officers to issue tenancy warning notices.

To find out more about the ‘Dob ‘Em In’ campaign visit https://safeinwarwickshire.com/crime-anti-social-behaviour/dob-em

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