Three youths arrested as police target nuisance bikers in Stopsley

Operation Meteor officers were on patrol in Stopsley over the Bank Holiday weekend
Operation Meteor officers were on patrol in Stopsley over the Bank Holiday weekend

Specialist police officers clamped down on nuisance bikers in Stopsley over the Bank Holiday weekend, following rafts of complaints from residents.

Three youths were arrested as members of the Beds, Cambs and Herts road policing unit joined local officers in the effort.

Using off road motorbikes, the team targeted areas around Stopsley Common, Ashcroft Road park, Eaton Green park, Slaughters Wood and Putteridge on Saturday and Sunday.

Two other youths were issued warnings under section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002, which allows officers to seize vehicles being driven dangerously.

In recent months the Luton News has received a significant amount of correspondence from residents living in and close to St Thomas’s Road, complaining of anti-social behaviour and nuisance bikers.

PS Melissa Cunningham of the local policing community team said: “During the weekend we also noticed a reduction in the number of complaints from residents and obviously the police presence in the area discouraged any people who were thinking of riding motorbikes or quads illegally.

“I am pleased that my team had the opportunity to stop and speak with a lot of dog walkers, ramblers and local residents to explain what we were doing and to reassure them that we do take complaints of nuisance motorbikes seriously.

“We will take positive action against those who break the law, ride dangerously in public places or against those who ruin other people’s quality of life by their anti-social behaviour.”