Off-road bike seized from bare-chested rider in Mansfield

A bare-chested, helmet-less motorcyclist spotted riding around a housing estate in Mansfield had his untaxed off-road bike seized by police.

Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 7:28 am

The teenage rider was spotted in the Hibbert Road area of Ravensdale in the town at around 8pm on Thursday (June 10).

Officers approached him and seized the bike as the rider was uninsured and the bike was untaxed.

Police say he was also handed a fixed penalty notice for driving without a licence.

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Police seized the bike after the rider was spotted on Mansfield's Ravensdale estate. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police.
Police seized the bike after the rider was spotted on Mansfield's Ravensdale estate. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Mansfield Nick Butler said he hopes the incident highlights how his officers are listening to residents’ concerns.

“We’ve been getting complaints from local residents for quite some time about people riding around the estate on off road motorcycles,” he said.

"As well as creating a lot of noise and being very anti-social, this kind of behaviour puts members of the public and the riders themselves at risk of serious injury.

“We understand the appeal and the excitement that can come with riding a motorcycle. We don’t want to stop people from riding their bikes; we just want them to ride them in a safe and legal way.

“Sadly this young man was not riding in a safe and legal way. He was bare chested and not wearing a helmet – making the consequences of an accident all the more serious. When we see people riding in this way we will always take action against them.

“I hope this incident proves to residents that we are listening to their concerns and that we will continue to take action against riders when incidents are reported to us.”

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