A group of motorbike yobs in Aberdeen were stopped in their tracks just 15 minutes after police were alerted to their behaviour, as part of a city-wide crackdown.
Officers were called to Kincorth after residents complained about off-road motorcyclists causing a nuisance – and they arrested the offenders and seized their bikes shortly after the alert.
The incident was one of dozens in the city during Operation Armour – which ran from May 10 until August 31.
As reported in later editions of yesterday’s Evening Express, 60 people were charged and 70 vehicles seized as part of the operation.
Police recorded a 65% reduction in calls made to them in relation to antisocial behaviour at the end of the operation compared to the start.
Senior officers in charge of the operation – now in its 10th year – said they are pleased with its success and want to build on that good work.
“Eight officers were assigned to this operation – one from each area of the city – and they can now return to their areas and use and share in the communities they serve,” said Inspector Jon Millar, of the Mastrick Community Policing Team.
Many of the seized bikes were stolen and the operation involved providing people with information about protecting their bikes, taking action against antisocial riders and helping those who want to ride off-road legally to do so.
Insp Millar added: “We’ve had some really good detection rates over the summer – we anticipated there would be more people riding illegally because of the particularly hot weather.
“Offences ranged from people driving without insurance or a licence to driving dangerously or driving on parkland.
“We’ve worked closely with partners including housing, social work, community wardens, and AMPED (Aberdeen Motorcycle Project for Educational Development ) to make this a success.
“I would like to encourage people to keep reporting incidents.”