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More off-road bike menaces arrested in morning house raids

17/03/2017

Seven more suspected bike menaces have been arrested from their homes during raids this morning – as West Midlands Police underlines its commitment to tackle lawless road rallies.

Most were detained at addresses in Birmingham – with one picked up in Leicester – in the latest phase of police action targeting off-road bikers who brought chaos to the region’s roads during so called ‘ride out’ gatherings.

The men – who are aged between 19 and 25 – have been arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance.

They are the latest group suspected of being involved in illegal bike rallies that last year saw louts taking to the streets on scramblers, pit bikes, mini motos and quad bikes.

In December, West Midlands Police executed tens of warrants across the region that led to the arrest of 28 suspects and the seizure of 27 bikes (pictured).

Sergeant Adam Jobson said: “Those arrested remain on police bail; we are working closely with prosecutors to secure charges against them and illustrate that this type of behaviour is dangerous and won’t be tolerated.

“We’ve seen off-road bikers clogging up our roads, intimidating other road users, jumping red lights, speeding and pulling stunts in the street. It’s totally unacceptable and I sympathise with any members of the public that have been inconvenienced by the bikers.

“We now have anti-social motoring and street racing injunctions in force across the whole of Solihull, Birmingham and the Black Country – and several people have been handed suspended jail terms and heavy fines for breaching the injunctions. 

“People need to recognise that if there participate in such events they can expect a knock on the door from us, we will seize their bikes… and they can prepare for a day in court.”