Three motorbikes have been recovered by officers in Braunstone during Operation Tiger’s intensive two weeks of action which launched last week (14 March).
Officers from West Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area have been cracking down on the illegal use of motorbikes, as it is a priority for the area following concerns raised by residents.
Two burnt out motorbikes were discovered whilst officers were on foot patrol in Braunstone and officers believe they may have been stolen.
One bike is believed to have been stolen from the Meridian Business Park in August 2014. The other is believed to have been taken from a property in Cowdall Road on March 7, 2015.
A further motorbike, believed to have been stolen from Enderby on 24 March, was recovered by officers on Braunstone Park, after receiving a call from a member of the public.
As part of the crackdown officers have visited local schools to educate pupils on the dangers of riding motorbikes illegally and the anti-social behaviour associated with it. Posters and information leaflets have also been distributed encouraging people to report nuisance or stolen motorbikes.
Sergeant Stephen Brown, from West Leicester NPA, said:
“Nuisance motorbikes can cause a great deal of distress to the community and by us cracking down on this type of anti-social behaviour shows that we are taking this seriously.
“I am really pleased that during this phase of Operation Tiger we have managed to recover three motorbikes. It is also reassuring to know that since the start of the operation we have seen a reduction in the number of motorbike related incidents being reported to us.
“The main focus for us during the operation was to tackle our ongoing priority of illegal use of motorbikes. Motorbike thefts and off-road bikes being ridden illegally in the area, particularly in Braunstone and New Parks, has been causing problems for our residents.
“We are still really interested in where stolen motorbikes are being stored and who is riding them, so if you know, please get in touch.”
Officers are encouraging anyone with any concerns about motorbikes causing a nuisance in the area to contact the police on 101 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.