Children at risk as mini moto riders plague Tunstall park
FAMILIES plagued by mini moto riders at a city park hope these images will prompt action from other residents and police.
Bankeyfields Residents' Association says youths riding the motorbikes at Bankeyfields Park, Tunstall, are causing a nuisance and putting children at risk.
Two of the riders have been caught on video speeding around the park.
Residents' association member Matt Burke, of John Rhodes Way, said people need to report incidents so the police are aware how often it is happening.
The 37-year-old said: "It has been a problem for the last couple of weeks. They are riding around the children's play area and it's hard to see them coming.
"They are there at times when kids will be playing out and someone could get hurt.
"We want people to work together to get rid of them and to ring the police 101 number and report it.
"People have said there's no point because by the time the police come out the bikes have gone.
"But the local officers have said we should call even if it's just to log the bikes being in the area, so they can get a better idea of the problem.
"Some are concerned about the police coming out to their house as well. But you can request that they don't come round if you want to."
Anyone found riding off-road bikes, motorised scooters and mini motos illegally will receive an official warning under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act.
If the same person is found in similar circumstances a second time the bike may be seized, whether they own it or not.
To get the vehicle back there is a £150 charge for removal, plus daily storage costs.
Bryn Jones, aged 43, of Spitfire Way, said: "The problem is made worse by the fact we've got an issue with the council not cutting the grass.
"At the moment they are just cutting sections of it because of cutbacks, so it's very overgrown and in some areas you can't see beyond your eye line. You can't see the bikes coming and people have nearly been run over by them.
"People need to phone the police and report them. All you have to do is ring 101. They will put you through to the call centre and log your complaint. If you tell them it's an ongoing problem it will get more of a reaction."
PCSO Michael Frost, who helps to police the local area alongside PC Glyn Talbot and PCSO Andy Wootton, said: "Three reports were received of a teenager riding a mini moto in the Bankeyfields Park area between June 9 and 12.
"Tackling such nuisance vehicles is part of daily business for officers and we are actively pursuing inquiries to trace this person.
"Off-road bikes, motorised scooters and mini motos cause significant noise nuisance and can be a danger to people using greenways and open spaces.
"Anti-social behaviour of this kind will not be tolerated, and officers will take appropriate action. We do have the power to seize and crush bikes."