Councillors call on police to get tough over off road bikers in Harlow

Crime / Fri 15th Jul 2022 am31 08:17am

COUNCILLORS in Harlow have urged the police to get tough on off road bikers before a fatal accident happens.

The call comes as schools break up for their six weeks summer holidays.

Local residents have contacted YH and told us of bikes motoring at speed past small schoolchildren on cycle tracks near schools such as Cooks Spinney in The Stow and Jerounds on Pyenest Road.

The plague of bikers in the Sumners and Great Parndon has been well documented by local resident Dave Sherry. He has linked up with local councillor Nick Churchill.

We have spoken to councillors on the west side of the town. Complaints have been received regarding bikers on the bridleways from Newhall, through Church Langley across Harlow Common onto the cycle track at Latton Street and onto Latton Common.

There was cross party agreement from the three Harlow Common councillors.

Councillor Stacey Seales (Cons) said: ” I fully support and back any action by the police. We will be looking to do something to engage the youth within Harlow Common over the holidays so as to tackle current issues.

“It will be useful alongside some sort of enforcement to create interventions to educate the nuisance , danger and difficulties their choices are creating. A stepping stone through mentoring and community building will be a good place as perhaps some of these children do not have much doing and in need of direction.

Cllr Mark Wilkinson (Lab) said: “This has been an ongoing issue in Harlow Common for many years, due to the fact that clearly our ward has the most common land than any other ward in Harlow.

“A few years ago Essex Police had a crack down on such activity and  publicly crushed these bikes in the town centre. I would for one support such a campaign to continue.

“I personally walk our common frequently and am alarmed at the increase in this unacceptable behaviour.”

Old Harlow councillor Joel Charles (Cons) has been aware of problems as Newhall is part of his ward.

Cllr Charles said: “The anti-social use of motorbikes on the tracks in and around Newhall, Church Langley and Potter Street is a constant worry for residents.

“I know that Essex Police take this seriously and tactics continue to be deployed to confront bikers who are not acting responsibly.

“It is clear that residents want to see further action taken and I would back a renewed focus on this issue, particularly during the rest of the summer as reports of bikers acting irresponsibly is on the rise.”

An Essex Police spokesperson said: “Antisocial and off-road motorbikes are covered under the ‘Op Liberator’ in the Harlow area.

We mount operations in response to community concerns in defined areas. Our last operation saw four bikes seized in an eight-hour period. We will look to prosecute riders for any relevant driving offences.

“We know that antisocial riding increases in the summer months, and we will be increasing our patrols in hotspot areas in response to that.

“In addition, we also have an operation in place to tackle the antisocial use of e-scooters in the town centre, where we know members of the public have previously raised concerns”.

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15 Comments for Councillors call on police to get tough over off road bikers in Harlow:

2022-07-15 08:40:49

And get the bikes, normal ones , off the pavements.

Kim Oconnor
2022-07-15 09:08:17

Theses rally bikes are every where, on playing fields, woods, down our river. Scared me and dog one day in church Langley woods, missed dog by inches, this isn't new, this has been going on a hell of a long time. You need signs up, and on spot fines, and saying on signs your crush them. Very dangerous.

2022-07-15 09:13:11

It's no use just focusing on the town centre! A joined up green transport plan and cycleway system is needed. The illegal motorcycles and quad bikes are a real danger and without additional manpower like more CPOs on the ground in every part of the town the police and Council aren't going to come near solving the problems.

2022-07-15 09:22:30

Also tanys dell cycle track. Young boys no helmets going fast next to school nearly knocking over children. If you approach them they get knives out!

2022-07-15 09:45:06

Saw a two young men taking trail bikes out of a van by Parndon Wood Nature reserve. Provided police with van reg and photo but no action taken.

Daniel Long
2022-07-15 11:27:05

About time too. Why has it took them this long to start getting tough on this?

2022-07-15 12:35:11

Theres a lad that lives in spencers croft whos always bombing across nichols field and through to the cycle track along towards the town. Been doing it for ages and even dodges across the grass while some young lads do football practice or matches on Sundays. Nobody cares though until its too late!

The real gary
2022-07-15 12:53:52

We’ll pop I think that normal bikes should not be on the road as they don’t have insurance all bikes even pedal ones should have insurance it’s like saying cars should be allowed to drive without insurance on a path… and that wouldn’t be very safe now would it pop

2022-07-15 12:54:03

There's a group of 5 or 6 motocross bikes that fly up and down Commonside Road on a regular basis, no doubt to the common and back, it's all over the town. I've called the police numerous times, given up now.

2022-07-15 15:11:03

to whom may be concerned I think we should leave the off-road bikers alone and tell them if court on main road or public footpath then we shall prosecute them with a fine because I don’t know about yourselves but I’d rather than be on a field on a bike then on a street with a knife let’s think truly there is nothing for young adults to do in this town except from drink in pubs there’s no clubs there’s no outdoor activities there is nothing so it’s down to you guys to decide the outcome of the future Your sincerely Mr anonymous

The real Pop
2022-07-15 16:48:39

Gary, I agree with you, bikes should be insured. I have been run over twice from behind as I was walking along the pavement, I am in my sixties and I would say both cyclists were older than me. Pavements are for walking on.

2022-07-16 06:05:13

Face facts this is all talk nothing will be done

Kim Oconnor
2022-07-16 09:33:48

No your right Kevin, nothing will get done,until something happens,. As for insurance for cyclists, why, we don't use our cycle bikes like all you people that ride your cars, we don't damage roads, we don't pollute the atmosphere, why should we pay for riding a bike. Yes people should be more responsible, I've seen bad cyclists, but I've all so seen bad car, an lorry driver's. Better to be five minutes late and get there safe, as I've allwsys said. So for the short time that we get our bikes out , why should we be made to pay. There trying to get people on bikes not deter them. What they should do before getting a bike is , open theses training schools up teach the kids from early age, the rights and wrongs from riding bikes. That should be made a law, you carnt buy a bike with out this certificate. Only way your going to stop theses idiots.

2022-07-17 09:19:45

These bikes they cause such a nuisance up and down Kingsmoor Road , Parsloe Road, Parringdon Road, Staple Tye, all day and night sounds like a constant hairdryer, ride erratically, sometimes one handed, so loud, even sitting in your garden hard to have a conversation. We pay tax to our council and police, about time they listened to us resident's , enough is enough.

David Forman
2022-07-18 11:06:25

Tory councillors should have a word with their less than truthful Government about police service numbers in England and Wales. According to official Gov.uk figures there were 139,110 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in the 43 police forces of England and Wales as at 31 March 2011, which was a reduction of 4625 from March 2010. However, in March 2021 there were 135,301 FTE officers in post in the 43 police forces. This is despite Census data showing the population in England and Wales increasing from 56,075,912 in 2011 to 59,597,300 in 2021. This equates to 403 citizens per police officer in 2011 and and rising to 440 citizens per officer in 2021. We hear so much nonsense from the Tories locally and nationally about their Conservative Party being the champions of law and order. Police officer numbers disprove this.

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