Legislation ‘can and will’ be used to tackle rise in anti-social cycling if it continues, says sergeant

A SERGEANT has said there has been a rise in anti-social cycling in Wellington – and warned legislation can and will be used to tackle the problem. 

In a post on Facebook on Tuesday (September 22), Neighbourhood Sergeant Dan Bishop said there has been an increase in reports of youths on bikes ‘pulling wheelies’ through Wellington town centre and riding inbetween and around moving vehicles. 

He said police are currently reviewing photographs of some of the youths involved and will be visiting their homes and speaking to their parents. 

Sergeant Bishop said anti-social cycling will not be tolerated and traffic and anti-social behaviour legislation can be used to tackle the problem if it continues.

The post said: “In recent weeks there has been an increase in reports of youths on pedal cycles pulling wheelies through Wellington town centre and riding in between and around moving vehicles.

“The same youths have also be reported to the police for not stopping for red traffic lights and narrowly missing pedestrians on the pavements.

“Anti-social cycling is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. The team are currently reviewing photographs of some of the youths involved.

“We will be visiting identified individuals at home and speaking to them with their parents present.

“There is both road traffic and ASB legislation that can and will be used to tackle this problem if it continues.

“I would encourage anyone who witnesses youths behaving in this way and putting themselves and others at risk of harm to bring it to the attention of the Wellington Police Team.”

People can report anti-social cycling by calling 101 or online via the police website, at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report.

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