Wiltshire Police have launched a new text service for anyone affected by youths on motorbikes who are breaking the law and being anti-social in their behaviour.
The initiative follows a significant increase (at this time of the year) in the number of male youths riding scramblers, pit motorbikes and/or mopeds around Pinehurst.
Often the riders are riding irresponsibly, including: too fast, on pavements and often without helmets.
PC James Neighbour, wCommunity Beat Manager for Pinehurst, said: “At this time of the year, because of the lighter evenings, we usually see a rise in youths riding irresponsibly around the area.
“This is dangerous for the riders and for the people in their community; the children, the elderly, their own friends and family are all possible casualties if any of these riders collide with those going about their business. They could also serious hurt themselves.
“Pinehurst is a busy, close knit community and the consequences of any one of these riders causing a serious injury or even death to a local resident would be devastating to this area and to that rider.
“To help with reporting such behaviour, we have introduced a new anonymous, text-only service dedicated to any anti-social behaviour in Pinehurst. If you see anyone acting in an anti-social way, and this includes the youths on motorbikes, you can text me directly, giving the locality of the anti-social behaviour and/or as much detail as you feel comfortable with. This will be anonymous, you don’t have to give any person details – unless you want to.”
Joanne King is a local resident, she said: “These lads are in need of place to ride their bikes, for their safety and for the safety of others living here in Pinehurst.
“If they could find somewhere to go, off the roads, then it would be good for the whole community.”
The number for the new text-only service is 07926 435348. It starts from now.