A nuisance quad bike has been seized by police officers in response to complaints by residents in North Tyneside.
Last week, Northumbria Police received several reports of quad-bike-related anti-social behaviour in the Meadow Well area of North Shields.
Concerned locals reported loud noise levels, as well as the rider of the vehicle causing significant damage to the grass, benches and street fixtures.
And, on Saturday, acting on intelligence from within the community, officers from North Shields’ Neighbourhood Policing Team tracked down the vehicle and seized it, taking it off the streets.
The rider made off on foot from the scene before police arrival.
Neighbourhood Chief Inspector for the area, Colin Lowther, said: “This is a positive result for the residents who put their trust in us to be able to take this vehicle out of commission.
“We know the aspects of ASB [anti social behaviour] surrounding quad bikes and motorcycles is a concern for many residents across the force area. We want to reassure you – this will not be tolerated.
“Seizing vehicles suspected to be involved in this type of disorder is just one example of our proactive approach to tackling reckless riding in the community.
“We want everyone to feel safe and be proud of their neighbourhoods, so it’s important to disrupt any criminality which jeopardises this.
“The public are our eyes and ears in the community – please know that your intelligence is vital, and we will continue to take positive action to address any concerns reported to us.”
Enquiries are ongoing to identify the rider of the vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101, or the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the Northumbria Police website, quoting log NP-20230419-1013.
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