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Police trial off road motorcycle to combat crime

The off road bike which police are trialling (3042998)
The off road bike which police are trialling (3042998)

Leicestershire police is trialling a new way of patrolling hard to reach urban areas – by using an off road motorcycle.

The 250cc motorcycle, which is currently on loan from Honda for six weeks, will enable officers to deal with a number of issues including off-road bikes being ridden illegally on public parks and on land across Rutland, Leicester and Leicestershire.

Although Leicestershire is not experiencing the levels of so called ‘moped crime’ that other forces are at the moment, the off road bike will also give officers an effective operational tactic to stop people using scooters to rob people in the street and will act as a deterrent.

The six week trial of the police bike began on Monday, July 9 and will be used as much as possible during its time with the force.

The motorcycle has not been branded in the same way as other force vehicles, although it does have blue lights for emergencies.

All the riders are qualified traffic officers although they will receive additional training enabling them to operate the motorcycle on terrains that are both on and off road.

Other forces including The Met, Manchester and Merseyside, have successfully run similar trials.

Off-road bikes need to have tax, insurance and an MOT to be used on the road and can only be used on private land with the owner’s permission.

Assistant Chief Constable Jason Masters said; “While we don’t have a moped crime problem in Leicestershire we don’t want one to develop as it has elsewhere in the country so this off road bike will not only help us deter criminals from using this tactic it will also help us tackle the issue of off-road bikes being ridden illegally on parks and land across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

“We get a lot of complaints about the noise and the threat to pedestrians and park users especially at this time of year when the weather is warmer and we are very grateful to Honda for lending us the bike.

“If you spot any type of vehicle crime or antisocial behaviour, contact 101 or ring 999 if it is an emergency.”

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