Kirklees Council has joined West Yorkshire Police to address illegal activity on motorbikes and quad bikes in particular areas across the district.

Off-road vehicles have been causing high-levels of noise pollution and are being driven carelessly in parks, playground and on pavements, causing concern for pedestrian safety.

Safer Kirklees have addressed the issue of nuisance motorbikes in the area throughout the first half of August by engaging with residents about how to recognise and report illegal off-road bikes.

They have also worked with local petrol stations to inform staff about how to spot people who have been causing these disturbances for residents.

Kirklees Council and West Yorkshire Police urge people to report any disruption caused by bike riders across the district. When reporting, residents are asked to provide as information as possible about the vehicle and the driver they have witnessed.

Councillor Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said: “Throughout previous summer months we have seen an increase in the number of nuisance bikes across Kirklees and that is why we are working in collaboration with West Yorkshire Police to address the issue.

“Nuisance bikes don’t only cause high-levels of noise pollution but they can be intimidating for local communities and when driven irresponsibly they pose a great risk for our residents, other road users and the rider.”

“If nuisance bikes are causing problems in your local community then please report them online to West Yorkshire Police, antisocial behaviour will not, and should not, be tolerated in Kirklees.”

Sergeant Rebecca Calpin of Kirklees Police said: “People who ride off-road bikes both illegally and anti-socially put both themselves and others at real risk of harm.

“We are pleased to be working with Safer Kirklees as part of this two-day operation which supports ongoing activity by our officers to track down offenders and take bikes which are being used illegally out of our communities.

“I want to thank residents who have been reporting these incidents to us and would encourage anyone who sees or has information about illegal off-road riding to get in touch.  Please also pass on any CCTV clips or images you may have.

“Knowing where the problems help us to target our patrols to try and catch these people in the act and take action against them.”

Anyone who has intelligence about nuisance motorbikes in their area should contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101 or report the incident here: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/report-it