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MP meets with police chief to tackle off-road bikes issue

Denton MP Andrew Gwynne and Chief Superintendent Phil Davies

Denton's MP Andrew Gwynne has met with Tameside's Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Phil Davies, to discuss the issue of off-road bikes being driven dangerously by young people in the area. 

Tackling the problem of off-road illegal bikes has become a district priority for Greater Manchester Police, with data highlighting that it is a particular issue in the South and West Neighbourhoods, including Denton and Audenshaw.

Information provided to the police has already resulted in the seizure of motorbikes which have been crushed, as well as several arrests. 

Following the meeting, extra traffic police will be visibly deployed in the local area to offer reassurance to the community as well as to detain perpetrators. The police are also encouraging residents to give intelligence to Crimestoppers UK, by calling 0800 555 111 in confidence. 

MP Gwynne said: "This is an incredibly serious problem across Tameside, and I am grateful to Chief Superintendant Davies for meeting with me to discuss the concerns of local residents. 

"Whilst work has been ongoing on tackling this anti-social behaviour, I am glad that GMP have recognised that this issue requires urgent additional attention. 

"I would encourage residents who have any information on where these kids are coming from, going to, or where they are storing bikes to get in touch with Crimestoppers. Any information you provide will be treated confidentially and could make all the difference in making our community a safer place."

Chief Superintendent Davies added: “It was a productive meeting with Andrew to discuss local issues with illegal motorbikes and hear the concerns of the community on the behaviour of a minority of anti-social and criminal riders. 

“It was also an opportunity to show the response of Tameside police and our ongoing activities to seize and destroy bikes as a priority. This can only happen with community intelligence, which can be made anonymously through Crimestoppers, by calling GMP or approaching your local neighbourhood officers. 

"Removing these bikes from circulation at source is the safest and most effective way of reducing the problem. My thanks to Andrew for his support in tackling this problem.”

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