POLICE chiefs have moved to combat rising problems caused by youngsters using off-road motorbikes by launching a new scheme to try to put an end to the issue.
Helena Bhakta, commander of the North West Leicestershire local policing unit, told the Mail that officers were putting in place a new signage-based system at hotspots across the area after a flurry of complaints from worried residents.
One of the first areas to be targeted as part of the crackdown will be at the Pitbanks, in Measham, which has been a major cause for concern for officers for some months.
She said: “This is a problem not just within North West Leicestershire but across the county as a whole.
“I am aware that at the Pitbanks, in Measham, several nuisance and noise-related problems caused by off-road motorbikes and that it is a particular concern to many local people.
“We have worked hard with our partner agencies as well as the landowners and local businesses to tackle this issue.
“We have put in place signage which serves as a warning to off-road motorcyclists.
“We are also working with Bardon Aggregates to put in place large rocks which will make access to the site at Pitbanks very difficult for off-road motorcyclists.
“Over the course of the summer months, we will have highly visible plain clothes patrols in all of the affected locations to carry our enforcement as well as gather intelligence.”
It was also revealed that officers would be out and about across the summer in a special antisocial behaviour car as part of a determined effort to drive down youth-related crime in the area.
Anyone who would like to report issues with youngsters misusing off-road motorbikes is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.