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Kate calls for action to stop criminals using off road bikes

Kate has called for Trafford Police to be given the powers and resources to tackle criminals using off-road bikes and mopeds locally.

Kate raised the issue after hearing from a number of constituents about the problems caused by off-road bikes, quads and mopeds in the Partington area.

Local residents have suffered repeated nuisance from riders on bikes that have often been stolen, with bike theft rising in recent years. Riders are sometimes masked and riding without proper registration.

The police are able to seize bikes under antisocial behaviour legislation but Kate called on the government to clarify that they are legally allowed to pursue bikes and mopeds as long as it is safe to do so.

Kate said: “The police have experienced brutal cuts over the last seven years and the loss of officers from the streets has had a direct impact on the rise in crime and antisocial behaviour.

“Too many local residents’ lives are being blighted by the disturbance some bike users have caused and Trafford needs the resources to be able to take action.

“Partington police are taking this matter extremely seriously, but they can only do the job properly with help from local residents, so if you have information on anyone who is behind this anti-social behaviour, please report to 101.

“As a local MP I see so much good work from our police, but it’s more and more difficult for them to get on with the job of protecting our streets when 20,000 officers have been cut in the last seven years, and budgets remain squeezed. Officers also need the power to pursue bikes legally where it is safe, but ministers have been dragging their feet on clarifying the law.

“It’s about time the government gave them the resources and powers they need to keep our community safe”.

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