Hastings police targeting anti-social motorcyclists

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Hastings police are actively targeting groups who are riding motorbikes in a dangerous and inconsiderate way on the roads of the town.

Since April this year, 39 complaints calls have been received. The areas with the highest number of complaints are the West St Leonards, Wishing Tree, Maze Hill and Baird wards.

The complaints are about groups riding motorbikes and motorcross bikes on pavements, riding in wooded areas and surrounding grassland and not wearing helmets.

Dylan Hollan, 22, from Watermill Drive, St Leonards pleaded guilty to three offences at Lewes Crown Court on Friday, May 15. The offences were; driving a motor vehicle dangerously, driving without third party insurance and driving a motor without a licence. He is due to appear back at court on Friday, June 19 for sentencing. His bike was seized under the Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002, and was destroyed.

Sgt Chris Varrall of the Hastings Neighbourhood Police Team said: “I am warning the individuals who are part of these groups of riders that we have a list of your names and we will be making visits to homes to seize the identified motorbike or motorcross bikes. Dangerous driving will not be tolerated and is a menace to the local residents and other road users.

“We will use the legislation under Section 165 of the Road Traffic act and Section 59 of the Police Reform Act to tackle this problem. Section 59 warnings apply to both rider and the vehicle they are using, in this case bikes. The warning is in place for six months and if either the rider or bike are seen again riding in a way that causes alarm, harassment or distress and being ridden in a careless or dangerous manner or is being ridden off road - the bike will be seized and can be destroyed.

We ask anyone with information about these riders, their bikes or sees this happening to contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call us on 101 and report it. It is useful if you can provide a registration number, colour of the bike, description of the bike and rider and anything distinctive about either.”

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