This weekend, we tackled the anti-social use of off road bikes in rural Macclesfield. Riding off road motorbikes can be a popular pastime, and the rural areas of Macclesfield attracts those who want to challenge their skills and motorbikes. However, these vehicles can also be used in a dangerous and anti-social way, if not adhering to approved routes, tracks and lanes.
Sadly some riders haven’t been sticking to these approved routes but have been exploring private land and this has been impacting on farmers.
Riders of off road motorbikes can legally ride on private land if they have the land owner’s permission; sadly some haven’t been obtaining that permission. Land owned by the local council is not classed as private land.
To tackle this issue Operation Scrambler was created by the Rural Crime Team. Assistance was requested by HQ based specialist off road bike officers. These officers have the appropriate kit and skills to get to those areas; that we couldn’t in 4x4 vehicles. Multiple groups of off road bikers were stopped, engagement and education was key, and offences dealt with when identified. One for no insurance was dealt with. Those that were stopped were encouraged by the intervention and operation as they are aware a few spoil it for the rest of them.
Ric Walker - PC 4522 (Rural & Wildlife Officer - Macclesfield Police)