Motorbike noise causing ‘nightmare’ for Bourne residents

Police news.
Police news.

Police are appealing to young drivers and motorcyclists in the Bourne area to drive responsibly after receiving a series of complaints from residents who are concerned about the noise at night.

Concerned residents, particularly in the South Road, Milestone Road and A151 Raymond Mays Way areas, have raised their complaints with the police after being disturbed late at night by motorcycles with loud exhausts, riding at speed around the town.

Father of two, James Cottam who lives in South Road, has been kept awake for the past three or four weeks by the ongoing noise at night.

He said: “It’s a nightmare. I have two young children who I try to get to sleep early in the evening, only for them to get woken up by the noise outside.

“I have to get up early for work and the lack of sleep is a real problem.

“This is a built up area and with it being hot at night you have to leave some windows open.

“They just don’t care how many people they’re waking up in the early hours of the morning.”

James raised his concern online as part of the Bourne Parents Facebook group and was inundated with posts from other residents who have experienced the same disturbance.

Bourne Community Patrol Sergeant, Jon Putnam said: “We’ve recently received a number of calls from concerned residents. We know this involves a very small number of drivers, but it is the actions of a few that are causing misery for many.

“We have already dealt with some by means of fixed penalty notices and Section 59 warnings, and we will continue to deal positively with anyone causing a nuisance in the town.”

Police officers and PCSOs will be patrolling in marked and unmarked vehicles, and the team are also urging residents to call police on 101 to report any issues with antisocial drivers or riders.

Under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002, police officers and PCSOs have the power to issue a warning to offending drivers.

“If the driver or vehicle receives two of these warnings within a year, police will seize the vehicle and the driver will either have to pay to get it back or see it crushed.”

Jon added: “All we are asking for is a little consideration for other people in the community.”