Police launch crackdown on yob riders in Halifax

PC Will Medley, PCSO Julie Cartwright and PC Howard Ainley, at Ovenden Police Station
PC Will Medley, PCSO Julie Cartwright and PC Howard Ainley, at Ovenden Police Station

Yobs causing distress in part of Halifax with nuisance driving of uninsured vehicles are being targeted by a new police crackdown.

Officers from Halifax north and east neighbourhood policing team have launched an operation to tackle nuisance motorbikes and off-road vehicles.

They have been out in force with cameras to record evidence of yob driving across Illingworth, Ovenden, Mixenden, Northowram and Shelf.

Officers have already seized a quad bike, reported a man for summons for not having insurance and arrested a man who was wanted on warrant.

Inspector Colin Skeath, who leads the team, said: “It’s not just about vehicles with no insurance, it’s about the anti-social behaviour these vehicles are being used for and the effects it has on people in this area.”

He urged people to call the team if they have any concerns about anti-social behaviour or any other crime in the area.

Inspector Skeath added that anyone with information about nuisance drivers should call them via 101.

The team are celebrating cutting crime in their area by 21 per cent over the last year.

Inspector Skeath said part of this reduction has been achieved by identifying the most prolific offenders and ensuring they are kept close eye on, with officers, working with colleagues in the integrated offender management team, making regular contact to ensure they are not committing crime.

He said residents could be assured that crime has fallen and the team are responding to their concerns.