Anti-social behaviour crackdown launched in Annesley

OFF roaders are being warned they face the seizure of their vehicles if they ride at a patch of woodland in Annesley.

The problem of 4x4 vehicles, scramblers and quad bikes being used at the patch of land near Annesley Cutting had been a growing issue for residents living on the near-by Persimmon Estate which the off roaders use as access.

Work by residents, Annesley Parish Council and police over the last six months has seen the problem die down - but they are eager to stamp it out for good.

Persimmon Estate resident and Annesley Parish Councillor Dan Bedford said safety was the number one concern for residents, but there were also issues with noise and livestock being frightened by the machines.

“(The off roaders) fly down the main road into the estate to get down to where they want to go. There are other issues but the biggest worry is someone being knocked over and killed.

“I do go out there and talk to the off roaders and usually they are polite and leave. You do get those who say they are not bothered about the police catching them.”

Concrete blocks were installed to prevent larger vehicles getting on to the land, but it was more difficult to stop dirt bikers.

Meanwhile the local policing team started patrols of the area during peak off roading times.

Under the Police Reform Act 2002, the police have powers to seize vehicles driven in a manner that causes harassment, alarm or distress to members of public. Riders could incur recovery costs, a fine and could end up in court.

PCSO Aysha Fischna warned repeat offenders faced having their vehicles seized.

“Usually when we speak to these people they say they did not realise what they were doing was wrong. In most cases they do not come back again but some do.

“There has been one seizure of one motorbike. Normally we give one warning but we can go on to seize the vehicle.”