Youngsters on bikes putting pedestrians and drivers at risk in Irthlingborough

Police are appealing for help to stop youngsters on bikes putting pedestrians and road users at risk in the High Street.

Friday, 3rd March 2017, 12:18 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:56 am
Irthlingborough High Street

There have been reports of several instances where young people have been riding bikes up and down Irthlingborough High Street obstructing traffic and putting the safety of pedestrians and other road users at risk.

A number of preventative measures have already been put in place by the police and local council, including targeted youth intervention work, and together with partner agencies, officers are working hard to find longer-term solutions to the issue.

But support from the community is vital to this and Sergeant Jane Bettles is urging more people to get in touch with any information they have about when and where this is happening and who is responsible.

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She said: “We really need the public’s support to help us identify who is responsible for this anti-social behaviour.

“We also need as much evidence as possible about when and where such incidents are taking place.

“Although riding bikes up and down the street may seem a relatively trivial matter, it is the manner in which it is being done that is causing annoyance and distress to local people, as well as being a potential risk to people’s safety.

“We’re aware of discussions on social media about this, and we really need people to share whatever they know and name those responsible, in confidence, so we can take action against the group of young people who are causing this nuisance behaviour.

“If you see an incident taking place, please note the date, time and location, as well as a description of what is actually happening.”

Officers will be carrying out enforcement activity and increased patrols to take action against those involved and provide reassurance to the local community.

Sgt Bettles added: “I would urge anyone with any information to get in touch as soon as possible, either by calling 101 or emailing us at [email protected], and we will contact you to arrange a convenient time to take a statement.

“Your information will be treated in confidence, however, if you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”