Crackdown on nuisance bikes in Preston

Coun Robert Boswell

Coun Robert Boswell

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Town Hall bosses are to clamp down on motorbike nuisance across the city.

Leaders say motorbikes being used illegally damage parks and green spaces across Preston, and fear someone could be killed or seriously injured.

Now a cross-party task group has come up with a list of ways to try to stop the menace, including through social media and youth organisations.

Coun Jonathan Saksena, who led the crime and disorder committee, told last week’s cabinet meeting people didn’t know it was against the law to use motorbikes on land in the city.

He said: “The damage that it causes on parks and the amount of money it’s costing parks is quite considerable.”

Recommendations included promoting the role of councillors in dealing with concerns, as well as offering advice on where to report incidents.

Other advice included “multi-agency” interventions, and involving young people in the design and content of leaflets and publicity, alongside the use of social media.

Coun Robert Boswell said motorbikes were ridden in areas including Fishwick Bottoms and Haslam Park.

He said: “It’s a major problem and I don’t know how we stop it unless we put walls around the parks.

“It is education and we need to push it and push it with people. It’s not just damaging the parks, someone is going to get killed or get maimed.”

Speaking after the meeting, Coun Saksena said a boulder had been put in place at the end of Pope Lane in Ribbleton to stop motorcyclists accessing the Guild Wheel.

He said: “We’ve had people with motorbikes and cars who have been sawing through the locks and opening the gates.”