NUISANCE bikers will no longer be able to ride illegally in Calderdale – because their bikes have been crushed.
Police seized six motorbikes from people found breaking the law across the district and had them destroyed.
And they are warning they will crush more if bikers don’t adhere to restrictions.
Sergeant Phil Haigh, from Halifax North and East neighbourhood policing team, said: “When the weather is good we sometimes see an increase in reports of nuisance bikes.
“We are looking to tackle this problem in a number of ways.
“Ultimately something that can happen is that the bike is destroyed. And that’s what has happened today.
“In a way it is a sad sight to see. We would far rather these be ridden in a legal and responsible way and for people to enjoy them. But unfortunately if people do not do that then they may see their treasured possession turned into scrap metal.”
One of the main illegal activities reported to police is youngsters riding bikes off-road.
To combat this, officers in North and East Halifax are putting up gates that bikes can not get through at key access points at the old refuse tip between Shroggs Road and Brackenbed Lane in Ovenden.
They say this is an area often frequented by illegal riders and the signs are being put up in partnership with Calderdale Council and the Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative.
Sergeant Haigh added that they also want to educate young people about the risks bikes pose and the nuisance they can cause.
They are working on a programme with Ovenden and Mixenden Initative that show teenagers safe and lawful bike use.