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CROSS BORDER: Operation to target illegal off-road biking in Rickmansworth and Chalfont St Peter

 Published on: 29th May 2020   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Neighbourhood officers have recently been teaming up with their cross-border colleagues to target those riding motorbikes illegally on farmland in Three Rivers and Chalfont St Peter.

Officers from the Rickmansworth and Croxley Green Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) are carrying out a month-long operation working in partnership with colleagues from Thames Valley Police (TVP).

Their action is in response to a spike in reports of people using off-road bikes in farmers’ fields straddling the Herts/Bucks border, resulting in thousands of pounds worth of damage to crops.

The Herts team have been working with their colleagues from Amersham SNT over the past month to catch riders in the act. 

After witnessing one rider on fields adjacent to Woodoaks Farm in Maple Cross, they signalled for him to stop.

However he dropped the bike in a panic and ran before officers seized it as part of the operation.  

Next, they spotted a rider on Denham Way who was not displaying a registration plate.

They signalled for him to stop and after some roadside checks, he was found to have no insurance.

The officers seized his bike and reported him for no insurance, no road tax, no lighting and no index plate displayed. 

Over the recent bank holiday weekend the two-force team stopped five bikes riding on fields near to Warren Farm, in Chalfont St Peter.

All the riders were told that if they are caught riding their bikes illegally or anti-socially again, they will be seized.

Four of the riders were also given warnings prohibiting them from riding their bikes illegally on farmland.

If you have information about motorbikes being ridden illegally in your neighbourhood, you can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, talk to the Force Communication Room operators via web chat at herts.police.uk/contact, or call the non- emergency number 101. 

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website crimestoppers-uk.org.

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