Police in hunt for biker and mini motorbike
Police are asking the Aldbourne owner of a ‘pocket-rocket’ mini motorbike to surrender it to them or run the risk of points on his licence, or even prosecution, following complaints from neighbours that he has been using it on a public road.
A resident of Cook Road, in Aldbourne, has not only complained to police about the teenager riding his white miniature motorcyle, known in the trade as pocket rockets or mini-motos, up and down the street but has also filmed him with their mobile phone and submitted the footage to the police as evidence.
PCSO Jon Mills has seen the video and said it was clear that the mini-moto was being used illegally on a highway. He is asking the owner to surrender it to the police for destruction or face the alternative of prosecution and penalty points on his driving licence.
Police received the complaint on Wednesday from a family living in Cook Road who said they were fed up with the noisy mini-moto being ridden up and down their street. PCSO Mills said: “This has been going on for a while apparently but they have only just got around to reporting it.”
For their size these miniature motorcycles are quite powerful and in some parts of the country are used for off-road racing. But the biggest complaint, said PCSO Mills, was their noise. In the past it was possible to get a mini-moto as a free gift when taking out a mobile phone contract, the officer said. “Parents used to think this was a good deal because they could give them to their children as Christmas presents.”
However they are illegal to use on the highway because they cannot be insured and are not road legal because they have no number plates and no lights although, said PCSO Mills, they could be ridden off-road on private land legally with permission.
He has asked the suspected offender, who is in his late teens, to contact the police.
“We will be asking him to sign it over to us. He will lose it because we will have it crushed, but he will not face a prosecution,” he said. “This is the best way of dealing with it as far as we are concerned because we will have the mini-moto destroyed so there won’t be any chance of it going back on the road.”
The alternative to surrendering the illegal motorbike was for the police to seize it anyway and for the rider to possibly get six penalty points on his licence for having no insurance, as the miniature machines are not insurable. He could even be prosecuted for riding it on the highway.
A spokeswoman for Wiltshire police said there were occasional reports about the illegal miniature motorcyles being used because they were anti-social and noisy.
Source: Swindon Advertiser
PCSO Jonathan Mills
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