Nuisance motorcyclists targeted near Maidstone
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Motorcyclists in the Maidstone area are being reminded to ride responsibly and lawfully, or risk having their bikes seized.
Maidstone officers together with Kent Police’s Rural Task Force are targeting nuisance motorbikes that cause a danger to pedestrians and horse riders in rural areas.
On 2 May 2020, officers seized two uninsured off-road bikes and a quad bike on Boxley Road, Boxley.
Two days later they also issued section 59 warnings to two motorcyclists on Hill Road, Wouldham and, on Monday 18 May, a rider was stopped in a field near Lidsing and received a formal warning.
District Commander for Maidstone, Chief Inspector Ray Quiller said: 'Our officers are responding to concerns raised about off-road motorbikes that present a potential danger to others and affect the quality of life for the local community.
‘A section 59 warning gives us the power to seize and in some cases destroy a vehicle, if it has been driven uninsured or where the rider is causing a nuisance.
‘My patrols will continue to carry out this type of operation in rural areas around Maidstone and I would encourage residents to report any incidents to us on 101. This allows us to build a picture of the problem and deploy our patrols effectively.'