An operation was carried out by the Allerdale Neighbourhood Policing Team on Friday evening (5 July) to target the use of illegal bikes in the Salterbeck area of Workington. 

The operation follows reports from residents, counsellors, and housing associations of regular anti-social use of bikes in the area.

The operation resulted in officers seizing two illegal off-road bikes – a scrambler and Sur-Ron electric bike.

The result also resulted in:

  • Two people reported for driving offences with a further two awaiting to be spoken to by officers.
  • One person was also reported for driving without due care and attention and a section 59 notice has been issued to this driver.

Officers also caried out a stop search of an individual which was negative however drugs were located next to him and were seized.

An ‘It’s Your Choice’ form was also submitted after a male was found acting in an anti-social manner.  'It's Your Choice' is an intervention scheme which aims to educate young people on the consequences of their antisocial behaviour and the wider impact this has on other people. The submission of these forms result in a letter being sent to parents and are subject of increasing scrutiny should a young person reoffend. 

Speaking on the operation Sergeant Neil McKinnell said “This the first time that we have used drones to assist us in identifying and tracking the activity of these bikes.

“The drone capability allowed us to direct officers to those area’s leading to the two bikes that were seized.

“We will continue to tackle these issues and ask that the public report activity and locations of antisocial and illegal use of bikes so we can continue to take action.”

You can get advice on illegal bikes here - Vehicle nuisance involving cars, bikes and mopeds | Cumbria Police