Motorbike seized to deter anti-social behaviour in Margate
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A motorbike has been seized as part of Thanet Community Safety Unit’s work to promote a safer summer in the district.
Following reports from residents of nuisance-riding by motorcyclists in the Dane Valley area of Margate, local Kent Police officers teamed up with the Roads Policing motorcycle officers to carry out a traffic operation during the afternoon of Wednesday 28 June 2023.
Visible patrols were carried out in the area and a drone was also used as part of the work to monitor anti-social riding by mopeds and motorcycles.
A motorcycle initially failed to stop for officers when requested to do so in Dane Valley Road. The rider was reported for dangerous driving and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
An off-road bike was seen by officers being ridden anti-socially by a teenager and suspected to be without the correct insurance. Work was carried out to trace the bike, resulting in it being seized by officers. The motorcyclist’s parents were also made aware of the incident.
A number of other motorcyclists were also spoken to and reminded about the importance of road safety, and traffic was monitored, to ensure other road users were driving in accordance with the law.
Inspector Jim Woodward of Thanet Community Safety Unit said: ‘Riding a motorcycle or moped without the correct documentation or in a dangerous manner, can leave the rider vulnerable and puts other road users at risk too.
‘Road safety and anti-social behaviour are two of our main focuses for the force’s Safer Summer initiative, so residents should expect further proactive work across the district over the coming months.
‘Residents in the Dane Valley have reported incidents involving nuisance riding and I hope they feel reassured that work is ongoing.
‘We encourage anyone with concerns regarding anti-social behaviour in their communities to report it as it happens with as much detail as possible, so officers can deal appropriately with those responsible.’
Click here for further support and advice relating to anti-social behaviour and here for more information about #SaferSummer.