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1st Jul, 2022

Nuisance bikers near Binley Woods tackled by police

NUISANCE bikers near Binley Woods have been targeted by police.

Officers from Warwickshire Police seized three off-road scramblers and reported two young men for careless driving and riding with no insurance or driving licence on Sunday February 6.

It was part of a planned operation to tackle alleged anti-social behaviour of bikers on off-road motorcycles around the Tollbar and A46 area.

Police received reports of 10 bikers around the TGI island and riding in the roadworks at around 3.20pm.

Officers from the Operational Patrol Unit, with the assistance of the National Police helicopter (NPAS), detained a 16 year old and an 18 year old, both from Coventry, as they came out of the woods at the rear of Starbucks in Binley Woods. Two off-road motorcycles were also recovered. The riders will be taken to court.

NPAS and units from Warwickshire Police and West Midlands Police followed another biker for nearly two hours, but the search was called off due to darkness and the safety of the rider who had no lights on. His ruck sack was recovered and a small quantity of what is believed to be cannabis was seized.

During the operation police also recovered a Yamaha MT07 motorcycle that had been reported stolen from Leicestershire.

Insp Jem Mountford from Warwickshire Police said: “The operation was put in place due to the behaviour of a small minority of off-road bike riders who are putting the public in danger as well as themselves and this is our primary concern.

“We will continue to target the suspected illegal and antisocial use of off road bikers in the Binley Woods area and arrest riders and seize any bikes ridden with no insurance.

“Riding unregistered off-road bikes on public roads is illegal because they can only be ridden on private land with the landowner’s permission. They are not insured to drive on public roads and will also not be taxed.

“Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed by uninsured drivers and without the correct insurance their compensation comes from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. This bill is paid for through the insurance premiums of all law-abiding motorists.

“We will seize their bikes and take riders to court.”

Warwickshire Police is reviewing dashcam footage and liaising with West Midlands Police as part of their investigation into the incident.

Police are also appealing to the public to help them identify those involved so that they can be removed from the roads.

Anyone who saw someone return home on an unregistered off-road bike or quad on the evening of Sunday February 6 is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident 146 of February 6.

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