Officers have issued summons and seized vehicles since a campaign to tackle motorcycle related nuisance was launched in Havant six months ago
Operation Herd is a direct response by Havant’s Neighbourhood Policing Team to the 43 reports that were made to us between August 2016 and January 2017 of mopeds, motorbikes, mini motos, and GoPeds causing a nuisance on land south of the A3(M).
Since the campaign was launched three motorbikes have been seized and four people have been issued a summons for offences including driving without licences and without appropriate safety equipment.
Two boys were fined £45 and £50 and other cases are still making their way through the court process.
Many of the reports police have received have related to teenagers using a field as an impromptu racetrack with no regard to other members of the public.
Offences including: riding without helmets, driving elsewhere than on a road, and failing to stop for Police are of concern to officers.
The safety of pedestrians and other road users is also affected by irresponsible use of these vehicles.
Havant Borough Council’s Environmental Health Team can also issue noise abatement notices to riders causing a statutory noise nuisance.
The use and abuse of motorcycles significantly impacts on the daily lives of local residents and has a negative effect on their quality of life.
Officers are continuing to undertake high visibility patrols and stop checks in the problem area and can use Section 59 warnings and seize vehicles involved in committing offences where appropriate.
Sergeant Garry Smith said, “Our work, which is being led by PCSO Jason Boulton, is continuing to tackle this kind of nuisance behaviour and take these bikes out of circulation. It’s part of our commitment to make the streets of the borough safer.
“Working with partners, including Havant Borough Council’s Environmental Health Team, we’ve identified a number of people and vehicles we believe to have been involved in causing this problem at Dunsbury Hill Farm.
“The message is clear, we will take action. This includes seizing bikes or sending people to court, to ensure that the area is safe for all residents.
“I’d urge anyone reporting these issues to us to provide as detailed a description of the rider and the bike as possible.
“Members of the public indicating where vehicles have been heading when they have seen them has also aided our enquiries significantly”.
To keep up to date with incidents in the area please follow the Havant Police Twitter account. @HavantPolice
How can you help us to target motorcycle related nuisance?
• Report any incidents to us by calling the non-emergency number 101.
• Make a note of descriptions or names of riders and passengers
• Also note the details of the motorbikes involved: including make, model, colour/distinguishing paint work, and registration number.
• Please provide any photos you may have of the bikes and riders.
• Officers aim to follow up all motorcycle nuisance complaints to effectively deal with this type of anti-social behaviour.
If you have any questions about Operation Herd please contact the Barncroft and Bedhampton Neighbourhood Policing Team by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.