POLICE in Chester are calling on parents to help stamp out the menace caused by mini motos.
Residents across the city have complained to police that the miniature motorbikes are being ridden illegally on the roads and anti-socially in other areas.
As well as taking action against riders, officers are looking for parents to take some responsibility.
Inspector Ian Thorp, of Chester Outer Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “Mini motos are one of the persistent problems with regard to anti-social behaviour in the area.
“We have conducted numerous operations with the specific aim of taking these and other bikes off those who use them in an inappropriate way and we have achieved real success.
“In the most recent operation, carried out in Lache, we seized more than a dozen bikes.
“We understand that mini motos are supposed to be fun and when used in the right way and in the right place. Too often they are ridden in public places and on roads by people who are underage or have little experience of motorbikes.
“And in many cases the riders do not have the right documentation meaning that the bikes are being used illegally.”
Police have the power to seize bikes and cars which are used in a way which causes harassment, alarm or distress even if the motorist has tax and insurance.
Inspector Mel Williams, of Chester Inner NPU, added: “One of the biggest issues in relation to mini motos is where the youngsters get them from.
“In most cases the bikes are bought by parents or guardians and we need them to stop and think about what the mini motos will be used for.
“If you suspect they will be used anti-socially, or illegally, do not purchase them.
“If anyone is caught breaking the law we will take positive action and the bikes will be seized under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act. Vehicles can also be seized if the rider is not insured or doesn’t have a valid licence.”
He added: “If any motorbike is seized for no insurance or no driving licence then the owner will not get the bike back – it will be crushed.”
BLOB If you have any information about mini motos being ridden without the correct documentation, contact Cheshire Police on 0845 458 0000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.