Police cracking down on anti-social behaviour seize quad bike at Wigan trouble spot

Police have seized a quad bike being ridden at a Wigan beauty spot during a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.
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The illegally-used vehicle was on common land close to the A49 link road and not far from the wildlife-rich flashes nature reserve.

The bike was confiscated as part of Greater Manchester Police’s Operation Bluefin which aims to tackle youth nuisance and other forms of anti-social behaviour.

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That whole area of Wigan has been a focal point of such problems.

The quad bike being taken away by policeThe quad bike being taken away by police
The quad bike being taken away by police
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Locals have complained about the link road itself being used by “boy racers” since it started and the woodlands and common land around it have long been a haunt for those noisily and dangerously using off-road and quad bikes illegally.

In May Wigan Today reported that a swan at Parson’s Meadow, a short distance away, had been killed by a speeding motorcyclist.

And members of the public have complained about near misses with these vehicles themselves, intimidatory behaviour by the cyclists and general peace-shattering noise.

The quad bike seizure was announced on GMP Wigan West’s social media pages, a spokersperson adding: “Worsley Mesnes Policing Team will continue to target motorists causing anti-social behaviour.”