Nuisance motorcyclist clampdown near Maidstone nets more bikes

Contributed by editor on May 20, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Seized bikes - Photo: Kent Police


Motorcyclists in the Maidstone area are being reminded to ride responsibly and lawfully, or risk having their bikes seized.

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Maidstone officers together with Kent Police’s Rural Task Force are targeting nuisance motorbikes that cause a danger to pedestrians and horse riders in rural areas.


On 2 May 2020, officers seized two uninsured off-road bikes and a quad bike on Boxley Road, Boxley.

Two days later they also issued section 59 warnings to two motorcyclists on Hill Road, Wouldham and, on Monday 18 May, a rider was stopped in a field near Lidsing and received a formal warning.

District Commander for Maidstone, Chief Inspector Ray Quiller said: 'Our officers are responding to concerns raised about off-road motorbikes that present a potential danger to others and affect the quality of life for the local community.

‘A section 59 warning gives us the power to seize, and in some cases, destroy a vehicle if it has been driven uninsured or where the rider is causing a nuisance.

‘My patrols will continue to carry out this type of operation in rural areas around Maidstone and I would encourage residents to report any incidents to us on 101. This allows us to build a picture of the problem and deploy our patrols effectively.'

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