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Appeal after bikers ruin Hyndburn beauty spot

Lancashire Telegraph: PETER BRITCLIFFE PETER BRITCLIFFE

YOUNGSTERS who ride mini-motorcycles and quad bikes are tearing up a Hyndburn nature reserve.

Youths have been spotted using the Foxhill Bank Nature Reserve, woodland, and playing fields near Harvey Street.

One resident, who contacted local councillors after his partner was nearly hit, said: “On several occasions these bikes also race along Harvey Street or cut across it at high speed, causing a danger to themselves and others, “I have had to take evasive action when driving along the road because of this and my partner has been within inches of being hit by one of these bikes at high speed whilst walking our dog in the woodland.

“I have made several complaints about this and I am aware that many other residents have also, yet no action is being taken to stop this potentially lethal practice.

“No-one wants to take responsibility and constantly pass the buck between themselves rather than resolving the problem.”

Oswaldtwistle councillor Peter Britcliffe contacted police and called for action to be taken.

He said: “Something needs to be done to resolve this dangerous issue. It will be too late when there is a bad accident.”

Community beat manager for Oswaldtwistle, PC Kat Stokes, said police did not intend to chase the riders, but to use intelligence from the community to seize the bikes instead.

She said: “We have a moral obligation not to pursue them if they could hurt somebody.

“Retrospectively, we can do something if we know who was riding it.

“So we need the community to give us the information.

“They are very dangerous, and have no consideration for other people.

“Foxhill Bank Nature Reserve is being ruined by these people riding very fast.”

To report crime, call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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3:57pm Fri 6 Jun 14

pwitch says...

in Burnley there is a park-warden to contact when problems arise at any time and if you ring him he comes out to address the problem and often catch the culprit with police help. Surely there is a similar thing in Hyndburn.
in Burnley there is a park-warden to contact when problems arise at any time and if you ring him he comes out to address the problem and often catch the culprit with police help. Surely there is a similar thing in Hyndburn. pwitch
  • Score: 1

4:39pm Fri 6 Jun 14

the usher says...

Don't ask the police. They are not bothered. their attitude these days seems to be "let them enjoy themselves". They are not bothered about keeping an area neat and tidy for local people to enjoy.
Don't ask the police. They are not bothered. their attitude these days seems to be "let them enjoy themselves". They are not bothered about keeping an area neat and tidy for local people to enjoy. the usher
  • Score: 7

7:47pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Copperhead says...

The REAL problem is the lack of land available for ordinary people to use for their enjoyment and recreation.
All the land in the UK is either Crown Land, private land or protected for whatever reason ( parks, farms, conservation etc etc ).
The ordinary people, who make up 95% of the UK are not land owners and have nowhere to go for hobbies, sports, recreation etc.
What we need is land for the people to use for sport and recreation whether it is fishing, walking, off-road motorcycling, quad-bikes, mountain bikes, horse-riding, shooting etc etc.
It is wrong that the people are denied access to the land for their recreation because some king, hundreds of years ago, decided to " give " the land away to people who had fought for him in some war or other.
What we need is the confiscation of all privately owned land - without compensation - and a body to oversee the situation and ensure that anyone who wishes to do so may use the land for their recreational purposes.
The REAL problem is the lack of land available for ordinary people to use for their enjoyment and recreation. All the land in the UK is either Crown Land, private land or protected for whatever reason ( parks, farms, conservation etc etc ). The ordinary people, who make up 95% of the UK are not land owners and have nowhere to go for hobbies, sports, recreation etc. What we need is land for the people to use for sport and recreation whether it is fishing, walking, off-road motorcycling, quad-bikes, mountain bikes, horse-riding, shooting etc etc. It is wrong that the people are denied access to the land for their recreation because some king, hundreds of years ago, decided to " give " the land away to people who had fought for him in some war or other. What we need is the confiscation of all privately owned land - without compensation - and a body to oversee the situation and ensure that anyone who wishes to do so may use the land for their recreational purposes. Copperhead
  • Score: -1

6:27pm Sun 8 Jun 14

wilddog says...

the usher wrote:
Don't ask the police. They are not bothered. their attitude these days seems to be "let them enjoy themselves". They are not bothered about keeping an area neat and tidy for local people to enjoy.
you tried covering few hundred miles with less officers? They get called for not preventing break ins, they get called for not stopping a mugging, they get called for not catching a pervert but oh my, kids are using bikes off the road and its ww3! Wake up ad smell the coffee ya idiot!
[quote][p][bold]the usher[/bold] wrote: Don't ask the police. They are not bothered. their attitude these days seems to be "let them enjoy themselves". They are not bothered about keeping an area neat and tidy for local people to enjoy.[/p][/quote]you tried covering few hundred miles with less officers? They get called for not preventing break ins, they get called for not stopping a mugging, they get called for not catching a pervert but oh my, kids are using bikes off the road and its ww3! Wake up ad smell the coffee ya idiot! wilddog
  • Score: 2

6:03pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Benpupdog says...

Wilddog, maybe if the police get out of thier cars, by the side of the road and from behind thier speed traps they might, just might catch some of these idiots, and a lot more criminals. You Pi11ock.
Wilddog, maybe if the police get out of thier cars, by the side of the road and from behind thier speed traps they might, just might catch some of these idiots, and a lot more criminals. You Pi11ock. Benpupdog
  • Score: 2

9:42pm Tue 10 Jun 14

dieseldemon says...

The issue is that these are NOT youngsters but much older and they are NOT mini moto's but full sized off road bikes racing through woodland and round public playing fields at high speed with no regard for their or anyone else's safety. This issue has been going on for many years and nothing has been done. It really wouldn't take much to section off some of the land in order to create a safe designated off road track alongside a training programme for the riders just as they have done in many other parts of the country - with huge success.
The issue is that these are NOT youngsters but much older and they are NOT mini moto's but full sized off road bikes racing through woodland and round public playing fields at high speed with no regard for their or anyone else's safety. This issue has been going on for many years and nothing has been done. It really wouldn't take much to section off some of the land in order to create a safe designated off road track alongside a training programme for the riders just as they have done in many other parts of the country - with huge success. dieseldemon
  • Score: 1

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