As reported in Barnsley News and Sport on 21st August. Stephanie has called for South Yorkshire Police to be given the power and resources to tackle criminals using off-road bikes and mopeds in Barnsley.
She has raised the issue after hearing of the problems caused by off-road bikes, quads and mopeds which have been particularly involved in antisocial behaviour in numerous areas.
Local residents have been affected by riders on bikes that have often been stolen, with bike theft rising in recent years. Riders are often masked and riding without proper registration.
Under the current laws, the police are able to seize bikes under antisocial behaviour legislation.
But Stephanie is calling on the Government to clarify whether the police are legally allowed to pursue bikes and mopeds, and provide the adequate resources for them to do so.
She said: “Our local police do a fantastic job, but brutal cuts to their resources and the loss of officers on our streets has hindered their ability to tackle anti-social behaviour.
“As a result, I hear of far too many incidents of anti-social disturbances and crimes caused by bike, quad, and moped users – many of which are stolen or illegally used.
“Residents across Barnsley should be able to feel safe and comfortable in their homes and our community, but many of them have been affected by this anti-social behaviour.
“Our officers need the power to pursue bikes legally where it is appropriate, but ministers have been dragging their feet on clarifying the law.
“It’s about time the Government gave them the resources and powers they need to keep our community safe”.