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Calls for crackdown on illegal motorbike riders in Hyndburn

Lancashire Telegraph: Calls for crackdown on illegal motorbike riders in Hyndburn Calls for crackdown on illegal motorbike riders in Hyndburn

RENEWED calls have been made for a police crackdown on illegal motorbike riders plaguing towns in Hyndburn.

It comes after Oswaldtwistle man Kevin Gregory, 56, said he was punched in the chest and nearly knocked into the Leeds and Liverpool canal after taking a photograph of a rider.

Mr Gregory, who lives in Aspen Fold, said: “I was walking my dog, George, on the canal towpath near the Hare and Hounds pub, like I do regularly.

“One went past in the opposition direction and I heard him coming back. I thought, ‘I’m sick of this,’ so I got my phone out to get a photo, which I did.

“As he got towards me, he punched me in the chest really hard.”

Mr Gregory, who works at Blackburn Rovers, said he could easily have been knocked into the canal during the incident, on February 6.

He was left in so much pain, he went to hospital for x-rays, although no broken bones were found.

He said: “Can you imagine being hit in the chest at 30mph? If he got off the bike it would have been a different scenario.

“There is a problem with nuisance riders; they have no respect.”

The suspected rider’s name was revealed after Mr Gregory’s daughter Becky shared his picture on the internet, and he was reported to the police.

More than 6,000 Facebook users shared the image. Commenting on the picture, Rishton man Phil Graham wrote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem.

“I think the only way to sort out this problem is to hit the police where it hurts and refuse to pay our council tax.”

Illegal riders have hit and killed a dog on the canal towpath in Rishton in the past, with one also spooking a horse, causing its rider to fall off in December.

Last year, police pledged to crackdown on the riders, and the problem was prioritised at a Police and Communities Together meeting, but the problem continued.

A police spokeswoman yesterday confirmed an investigation was underway, and said officers would be interviewing the suspected biker.

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7:29pm Mon 17 Feb 14

mavrick says...

It seems the true extent of the police cuts are being realised. We have kids riding trail bikes on the road with no helmets no licence or insurance. the arrogance of these youths when confronted is a reflection of the lack of policing. Of course the courts let us all down with unduly light sentences. Is it any wonder nobody is interested.
It seems the true extent of the police cuts are being realised. We have kids riding trail bikes on the road with no helmets no licence or insurance. the arrogance of these youths when confronted is a reflection of the lack of policing. Of course the courts let us all down with unduly light sentences. Is it any wonder nobody is interested. mavrick
  • Score: 20

5:45am Tue 18 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

So the Police are supposed to have a permanent presence on the entire length of the Leeds Liverpool canal in East Lancashire are they?

Although I understand Mr Gregory's frustrations just exactly how does he and the 6000 Facebook sheep expect the Police to deal with the problem? How are they somehow to blame?

And as for "hitting them where it hurts" by not paying his council tax, I urge him to try it and see what happens. Not a very sensible or mature approach to dealing with the problem at all.
So the Police are supposed to have a permanent presence on the entire length of the Leeds Liverpool canal in East Lancashire are they? Although I understand Mr Gregory's frustrations just exactly how does he and the 6000 Facebook sheep expect the Police to deal with the problem? How are they somehow to blame? And as for "hitting them where it hurts" by not paying his council tax, I urge him to try it and see what happens. Not a very sensible or mature approach to dealing with the problem at all. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -9

10:12am Tue 18 Feb 14

Pegasus216 says...

I suggest the police also take a hard look around the Olive lane, Bowling Green area of Darwen for similar arrogant scrotes doing the same thing...roaring up and down one way streets, cutting up grass play areas, revving up and doing wheelies...they need stopping now or someone will get badly injured or killed...
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I suggest the police also take a hard look around the Olive lane, Bowling Green area of Darwen for similar arrogant scrotes doing the same thing...roaring up and down one way streets, cutting up grass play areas, revving up and doing wheelies...they need stopping now or someone will get badly injured or killed... G Pegasus216
  • Score: 4

11:05am Tue 18 Feb 14

rudis_dad says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
So the Police are supposed to have a permanent presence on the entire length of the Leeds Liverpool canal in East Lancashire are they?

Although I understand Mr Gregory's frustrations just exactly how does he and the 6000 Facebook sheep expect the Police to deal with the problem? How are they somehow to blame?

And as for "hitting them where it hurts" by not paying his council tax, I urge him to try it and see what happens. Not a very sensible or mature approach to dealing with the problem at all.
Well said - the police only have finite resources, they can't be everywhere at once. If there's an incident and it gets reported, by the time that the five-oh arrive the miscreants are long gone. Unless they're caught in the act, or residents can provide them with more information ("there's a kid riding a motorbike on the towpath" isn't a lot to go on really, is it?), there's not a lot that the police can do.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: So the Police are supposed to have a permanent presence on the entire length of the Leeds Liverpool canal in East Lancashire are they? Although I understand Mr Gregory's frustrations just exactly how does he and the 6000 Facebook sheep expect the Police to deal with the problem? How are they somehow to blame? And as for "hitting them where it hurts" by not paying his council tax, I urge him to try it and see what happens. Not a very sensible or mature approach to dealing with the problem at all.[/p][/quote]Well said - the police only have finite resources, they can't be everywhere at once. If there's an incident and it gets reported, by the time that the five-oh arrive the miscreants are long gone. Unless they're caught in the act, or residents can provide them with more information ("there's a kid riding a motorbike on the towpath" isn't a lot to go on really, is it?), there's not a lot that the police can do. rudis_dad
  • Score: -8

11:42am Tue 18 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

I would prosecute the patents of these yobs and crush their bikes, then we'll see who gets the last laugh!
I would prosecute the patents of these yobs and crush their bikes, then we'll see who gets the last laugh! AnthonyUK
  • Score: 12

3:27pm Tue 18 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
So the Police are supposed to have a permanent presence on the entire length of the Leeds Liverpool canal in East Lancashire are they?

Although I understand Mr Gregory's frustrations just exactly how does he and the 6000 Facebook sheep expect the Police to deal with the problem? How are they somehow to blame?

And as for "hitting them where it hurts" by not paying his council tax, I urge him to try it and see what happens. Not a very sensible or mature approach to dealing with the problem at all.
this thug deserved to be named and shamed and ridiculed on Facebook if it brings a prosecution;this utter pig of a youth needs a good rogering stuff his human rights he shouldn't have assaulted the old man!
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: So the Police are supposed to have a permanent presence on the entire length of the Leeds Liverpool canal in East Lancashire are they? Although I understand Mr Gregory's frustrations just exactly how does he and the 6000 Facebook sheep expect the Police to deal with the problem? How are they somehow to blame? And as for "hitting them where it hurts" by not paying his council tax, I urge him to try it and see what happens. Not a very sensible or mature approach to dealing with the problem at all.[/p][/quote]this thug deserved to be named and shamed and ridiculed on Facebook if it brings a prosecution;this utter pig of a youth needs a good rogering stuff his human rights he shouldn't have assaulted the old man! AnthonyUK
  • Score: 10

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