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Further bike seizures as police crackdown on nuisance riders continues

PUBLISHED: 17:04 25 April 2019

Gorleston High Street is one of the hot spots being targeted by police in a crackdown on pedal-bike riders Picture: Google Maps

Gorleston High Street is one of the hot spots being targeted by police in a crackdown on pedal-bike riders Picture: Google Maps

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More bikes have been seized and dispersal orders issued as a police crackdown on nuisance riders on pedal bikes continues.

PC Andy Hunt is behind a cracktown on teens on bikes amid concerns they are putting themselves and others in danger Picture: Liz CoatesPC Andy Hunt is behind a cracktown on teens on bikes amid concerns they are putting themselves and others in danger Picture: Liz Coates

Officers have targeted Great Yarmouth bus station and Gorleston High Street as the main hot-spots in a number of swoops including on Easter Saturday.

PC Andy Hunt who is leading the operation said the number of complaints had already dipped as the zero-tolerance message spread, and that more action was planned in the next few weeks and over the summer.

His team had been speaking to youngsters on the streets, he said, and many were heeding warnings.

However some would always be beyond their reach, he added, regardless of whether they ran an operation.

“The message is getting out there that we are doing this,” he said.

“And there have been less offences being committed and the reception from some of the kids has been quite good.

“There is a particular group that are going around town that do not care.

“But some kids do not fully understand road signs or the safety issue so we are looking at an education package.

“It is not all about enforcement.”

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Riding around in the bus lanes was at times grinding the town to a halt, he said, with drivers unable to pull out.

“We are having to do this because of the number of complaints, he said.

The bus station and the busy, congested, high street were among the most complained about but the problem was borough wide.

“We have had a reduction in complaints and the crackdown has been well-received. The public feel we are taking action,” he added.

Six bikes have so far been seized and numerous dispersal orders issued.

The response came as footage showing a teen narrowly avoiding a van while performing a daredevil manoeuvre surfaced on social media this week.

There have been numerous reports of “extreme” behaviour with riders weaving in and out of traffic, and pulling wheelies into oncoming traffic.

The trend is fuelled by social media with arrangements to gather in certain places made in an instant.

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