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Nuisance motorcyclists to be targeted by council and police

1 October 2021

Nuisance motorcyclists in Thurrock will are to be targeted by the long arm of the law thanks to a new focus from Thurrock Council and Essex Police.

A report at next week's Cleaner, Greener, Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee will hear that joint working will see a crackdown to tackle all aspects of this highly disruptive and dangerous form of anti-social behaviour.

Working together and sharing intelligence, the two organisations have targeted resources at known trouble-spots to prevent quad bikers and motorcyclists gaining access to public land and ensure patrols take place in areas that have the greatest impact.

Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "We have already carried out successful joint operations to seize motorcycles and quad bikes which were illegally stored in council garages without permission as well as targeting organised illegal events.

"We will now build on that through the development of a pilot which will hopefully see police officers and the council using various tactics to build up evidence as well as take direct action to stop this antisocial and dangerous activity. It is early days and a business case is being made, but this demonstrates both organisations' commitment to tackling this issue.

"Residents will have a key role to play in this. By reporting incidences they help us to target our resources at the areas where we know they will have the greatest impact in helping to crack-down on this issue which negatively affects many of our residents. The best way to report these issues is by calling 101 or using Essex Police's Digital 101 service to report online."

Chief Inspector Mark Barber, Essex Police, said, "We welcome opportunities allowing us to work with all our partners and Thurrock Council – tackling issues as one team reaps rewards not just for us, but for our residents.

"We have already seen a reduction in incidents of nuisance vehicles, but we will continue to focus our efforts to drive down and reduce anti-social behaviour even more."

To use the Essex Police Digital 101 service, go to essex.police.uk/digital101