Five off-road bikes and van seized by police in Wigan

Police have seized five off-road bikes that were being driven illegally in Wigan.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 2:45 pm

Officers from Greater Manchester Police's specialist off-road bike team, part of the safer roads targeting team, were deployed at around 11am on Saturday to Withington Lane, in Aspull, following a report of off-road motorbikes being used in an anti-social manner.

They seized five off-road bikes and a Ford Transit van under section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002. No arrests were made.

The force's safer roads targeting team is equipped with a fleet of on and off-road bikes and unmarked cars to help catch offenders riding illegally.

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Five bikes were seized on Saturday morning
Five bikes were seized on Saturday morning

Sergeant Brian McGill, from the safer roads targeting team, said: "We know that off-road bikes being driven illegally and in an anti-social manner is a real cause of concern and annoyance in our communities.

"We work alongside local authorities and residents to tackle the problem and measures include gating off areas that are used, putting up warning signs or, if the problem is persistent, ultimately seizing a bike that is used illegally and taking it off the streets for good.

"We'd encourage people to use the online reporting facility at www.gmp.police.uk, where there is a specific section for reporting nuisance use of motorcycles."

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Police received reports of the off-road bikes being used in an anti-social manner