Hyndburn man punched for taking picture of illegal biker

Blackburn Citizen: Kevin Gregory with his dog George Kevin Gregory with his dog George

RENEWED calls have been made for a police crackdown on illegal motorbike riders plaguing towns in Hyndburn.

It comes after Oswaldtwistle man Kevin Gregory, 56, said he was punched in the chest and nearly knocked into the Leeds and Liverpool canal after taking a photograph of a rider.

Mr Gregory, who lives in Aspen Fold, said: “I was walking my dog, George, on the canal towpath near the Hare and Hounds pub, like I do regularly.

“One went past in the opposition direction and I heard him coming back. I thought, ‘I’m sick of this,’ so I got my phone out to get a photo, which I did.

“As he got towards me, he punched me in the chest really hard.”

Mr Gregory, who works at Blackburn Rovers, said he could easily have been knocked into the canal during the incident, on February 6.

He was left in so much pain, he went to hospital for x-rays, although no broken bones were found.

He said: “Can you imagine being hit in the chest at 30mph? If he got off the bike it would have been a different scenario.

“There is a problem with nuisance riders; they have no respect.”

The suspected rider’s name was revealed after Mr Gregory’s daughter Becky shared his picture on the internet, and he was reported to the police.

More than 6,000 Facebook users shared the image. Commenting on the picture, Rishton man Phil Graham wrote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem.

“I think the only way to sort out this problem is to hit the police where it hurts and refuse to pay our council tax.”

Illegal riders have hit and killed a dog on the canal towpath in Rishton in the past, with one also spooking a horse, causing its rider to fall off in December.

Last year, police pledged to crackdown on the riders, and the problem was prioritised at a Police and Communities Together meeting, but the problem continued.

A police spokeswoman yesterday confirmed an investigation was underway, and said officers would be interviewing the suspected biker.

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3:06pm Tue 18 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

the thug who did this should be jailed and his bike crushed in front of his face to make an example of him and that deterrent sent out as a warning as to what will happen to other illegal bike riders too.
the thug who did this should be jailed and his bike crushed in front of his face to make an example of him and that deterrent sent out as a warning as to what will happen to other illegal bike riders too. AnthonyUK

3:54pm Tue 18 Feb 14

kosmic karma says...

I Quote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem.

Wrong. A copuple of years ago, I confronted tearaway kids on motorcycles at Church Kirk. Father of same lawbreakers came down in chav van complete with chav circus.

Police ensued. Yours truly, ended up in court under a section 5, which (after DEFENDING myself at the bench, ended with me out of pocket for court costs).

Come the clement weather,I predict it will start afresh. By the way, many people in this Borough will attest to the fact that most of our highways are now illegal racetracks.

I now have a camera with High Definition video recording, will still be partaking in my walks.
I Quote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem. Wrong. A copuple of years ago, I confronted tearaway kids on motorcycles at Church Kirk. Father of same lawbreakers came down in chav van complete with chav circus. Police ensued. Yours truly, ended up in court under a section 5, which (after DEFENDING myself at the bench, ended with me out of pocket for court costs). Come the clement weather,I predict it will start afresh. By the way, many people in this Borough will attest to the fact that most of our highways are now illegal racetracks. I now have a camera with High Definition video recording, will still be partaking in my walks. kosmic karma

4:11pm Tue 18 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

kosmic karma wrote:
I Quote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem.

Wrong. A copuple of years ago, I confronted tearaway kids on motorcycles at Church Kirk. Father of same lawbreakers came down in chav van complete with chav circus.

Police ensued. Yours truly, ended up in court under a section 5, which (after DEFENDING myself at the bench, ended with me out of pocket for court costs).

Come the clement weather,I predict it will start afresh. By the way, many people in this Borough will attest to the fact that most of our highways are now illegal racetracks.

I now have a camera with High Definition video recording, will still be partaking in my walks.
how can you be done for challenging wayward youths on bikes? That is utter rubbish I have never heard such nonsense. The police are useless the only way to tackle it is to take video or photo evidence spread it on Facebook and get an arrest of the person or persons concerned well done to the old man who was thumped he should be commended!
[quote][p][bold]kosmic karma[/bold] wrote: I Quote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem. Wrong. A copuple of years ago, I confronted tearaway kids on motorcycles at Church Kirk. Father of same lawbreakers came down in chav van complete with chav circus. Police ensued. Yours truly, ended up in court under a section 5, which (after DEFENDING myself at the bench, ended with me out of pocket for court costs). Come the clement weather,I predict it will start afresh. By the way, many people in this Borough will attest to the fact that most of our highways are now illegal racetracks. I now have a camera with High Definition video recording, will still be partaking in my walks.[/p][/quote]how can you be done for challenging wayward youths on bikes? That is utter rubbish I have never heard such nonsense. The police are useless the only way to tackle it is to take video or photo evidence spread it on Facebook and get an arrest of the person or persons concerned well done to the old man who was thumped he should be commended! AnthonyUK

4:16pm Tue 18 Feb 14

kosmic karma says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
kosmic karma wrote:
I Quote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem.

Wrong. A copuple of years ago, I confronted tearaway kids on motorcycles at Church Kirk. Father of same lawbreakers came down in chav van complete with chav circus.

Police ensued. Yours truly, ended up in court under a section 5, which (after DEFENDING myself at the bench, ended with me out of pocket for court costs).

Come the clement weather,I predict it will start afresh. By the way, many people in this Borough will attest to the fact that most of our highways are now illegal racetracks.

I now have a camera with High Definition video recording, will still be partaking in my walks.
how can you be done for challenging wayward youths on bikes? That is utter rubbish I have never heard such nonsense. The police are useless the only way to tackle it is to take video or photo evidence spread it on Facebook and get an arrest of the person or persons concerned well done to the old man who was thumped he should be commended!
You were not there my friend. I made a stand. I wonder what you would have done?
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kosmic karma[/bold] wrote: I Quote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem. Wrong. A copuple of years ago, I confronted tearaway kids on motorcycles at Church Kirk. Father of same lawbreakers came down in chav van complete with chav circus. Police ensued. Yours truly, ended up in court under a section 5, which (after DEFENDING myself at the bench, ended with me out of pocket for court costs). Come the clement weather,I predict it will start afresh. By the way, many people in this Borough will attest to the fact that most of our highways are now illegal racetracks. I now have a camera with High Definition video recording, will still be partaking in my walks.[/p][/quote]how can you be done for challenging wayward youths on bikes? That is utter rubbish I have never heard such nonsense. The police are useless the only way to tackle it is to take video or photo evidence spread it on Facebook and get an arrest of the person or persons concerned well done to the old man who was thumped he should be commended![/p][/quote]You were not there my friend. I made a stand. I wonder what you would have done? kosmic karma

6:58pm Tue 18 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

kosmic karma wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
kosmic karma wrote:
I Quote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem.

Wrong. A copuple of years ago, I confronted tearaway kids on motorcycles at Church Kirk. Father of same lawbreakers came down in chav van complete with chav circus.

Police ensued. Yours truly, ended up in court under a section 5, which (after DEFENDING myself at the bench, ended with me out of pocket for court costs).

Come the clement weather,I predict it will start afresh. By the way, many people in this Borough will attest to the fact that most of our highways are now illegal racetracks.

I now have a camera with High Definition video recording, will still be partaking in my walks.
how can you be done for challenging wayward youths on bikes? That is utter rubbish I have never heard such nonsense. The police are useless the only way to tackle it is to take video or photo evidence spread it on Facebook and get an arrest of the person or persons concerned well done to the old man who was thumped he should be commended!
You were not there my friend. I made a stand. I wonder what you would have done?
I do stand up against thugs etc;quite a few years ago I with the help of local residents got a trouble family evicted from their home, if you don't stand up to thugs they walk all over you.
[quote][p][bold]kosmic karma[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kosmic karma[/bold] wrote: I Quote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem. Wrong. A copuple of years ago, I confronted tearaway kids on motorcycles at Church Kirk. Father of same lawbreakers came down in chav van complete with chav circus. Police ensued. Yours truly, ended up in court under a section 5, which (after DEFENDING myself at the bench, ended with me out of pocket for court costs). Come the clement weather,I predict it will start afresh. By the way, many people in this Borough will attest to the fact that most of our highways are now illegal racetracks. I now have a camera with High Definition video recording, will still be partaking in my walks.[/p][/quote]how can you be done for challenging wayward youths on bikes? That is utter rubbish I have never heard such nonsense. The police are useless the only way to tackle it is to take video or photo evidence spread it on Facebook and get an arrest of the person or persons concerned well done to the old man who was thumped he should be commended![/p][/quote]You were not there my friend. I made a stand. I wonder what you would have done?[/p][/quote]I do stand up against thugs etc;quite a few years ago I with the help of local residents got a trouble family evicted from their home, if you don't stand up to thugs they walk all over you. AnthonyUK

6:08pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
kosmic karma wrote:
I Quote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem.

Wrong. A copuple of years ago, I confronted tearaway kids on motorcycles at Church Kirk. Father of same lawbreakers came down in chav van complete with chav circus.

Police ensued. Yours truly, ended up in court under a section 5, which (after DEFENDING myself at the bench, ended with me out of pocket for court costs).

Come the clement weather,I predict it will start afresh. By the way, many people in this Borough will attest to the fact that most of our highways are now illegal racetracks.

I now have a camera with High Definition video recording, will still be partaking in my walks.
how can you be done for challenging wayward youths on bikes? That is utter rubbish I have never heard such nonsense. The police are useless the only way to tackle it is to take video or photo evidence spread it on Facebook and get an arrest of the person or persons concerned well done to the old man who was thumped he should be commended!
Why are they useless? you don't know what this kosmic karma bloke/woman did, he/she may have behaved in a disproportionate unacceptable fashion and rightly hauled before the beak.

Maybe think about that before making sweeping statements.
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kosmic karma[/bold] wrote: I Quote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem. Wrong. A copuple of years ago, I confronted tearaway kids on motorcycles at Church Kirk. Father of same lawbreakers came down in chav van complete with chav circus. Police ensued. Yours truly, ended up in court under a section 5, which (after DEFENDING myself at the bench, ended with me out of pocket for court costs). Come the clement weather,I predict it will start afresh. By the way, many people in this Borough will attest to the fact that most of our highways are now illegal racetracks. I now have a camera with High Definition video recording, will still be partaking in my walks.[/p][/quote]how can you be done for challenging wayward youths on bikes? That is utter rubbish I have never heard such nonsense. The police are useless the only way to tackle it is to take video or photo evidence spread it on Facebook and get an arrest of the person or persons concerned well done to the old man who was thumped he should be commended![/p][/quote]Why are they useless? you don't know what this kosmic karma bloke/woman did, he/she may have behaved in a disproportionate unacceptable fashion and rightly hauled before the beak. Maybe think about that before making sweeping statements. Steven Seagull

6:50pm Thu 20 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
kosmic karma wrote:
I Quote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem.

Wrong. A copuple of years ago, I confronted tearaway kids on motorcycles at Church Kirk. Father of same lawbreakers came down in chav van complete with chav circus.

Police ensued. Yours truly, ended up in court under a section 5, which (after DEFENDING myself at the bench, ended with me out of pocket for court costs).

Come the clement weather,I predict it will start afresh. By the way, many people in this Borough will attest to the fact that most of our highways are now illegal racetracks.

I now have a camera with High Definition video recording, will still be partaking in my walks.
how can you be done for challenging wayward youths on bikes? That is utter rubbish I have never heard such nonsense. The police are useless the only way to tackle it is to take video or photo evidence spread it on Facebook and get an arrest of the person or persons concerned well done to the old man who was thumped he should be commended!
Why are they useless? you don't know what this kosmic karma bloke/woman did, he/she may have behaved in a disproportionate unacceptable fashion and rightly hauled before the beak.

Maybe think about that before making sweeping statements.
so tackling wayward children on motorbikes isn't recommended is it? What else are you supposed to do with em thicko? phoning the police gets nowhere and when you do the police dismiss it and say "we cant do nout", he said he tackled the youths and they complained to their dad and their father and mates came down in defence of their kids and they must have called the police to try and frame him which must have worked in their favour to get an arrest of the complainant.

No wonder people wont turn to the police when they come down on the side of crimnals wayward children and their parents/families.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kosmic karma[/bold] wrote: I Quote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem. Wrong. A copuple of years ago, I confronted tearaway kids on motorcycles at Church Kirk. Father of same lawbreakers came down in chav van complete with chav circus. Police ensued. Yours truly, ended up in court under a section 5, which (after DEFENDING myself at the bench, ended with me out of pocket for court costs). Come the clement weather,I predict it will start afresh. By the way, many people in this Borough will attest to the fact that most of our highways are now illegal racetracks. I now have a camera with High Definition video recording, will still be partaking in my walks.[/p][/quote]how can you be done for challenging wayward youths on bikes? That is utter rubbish I have never heard such nonsense. The police are useless the only way to tackle it is to take video or photo evidence spread it on Facebook and get an arrest of the person or persons concerned well done to the old man who was thumped he should be commended![/p][/quote]Why are they useless? you don't know what this kosmic karma bloke/woman did, he/she may have behaved in a disproportionate unacceptable fashion and rightly hauled before the beak. Maybe think about that before making sweeping statements.[/p][/quote]so tackling wayward children on motorbikes isn't recommended is it? What else are you supposed to do with em thicko? phoning the police gets nowhere and when you do the police dismiss it and say "we cant do nout", he said he tackled the youths and they complained to their dad and their father and mates came down in defence of their kids and they must have called the police to try and frame him which must have worked in their favour to get an arrest of the complainant. No wonder people wont turn to the police when they come down on the side of crimnals wayward children and their parents/families. AnthonyUK

6:54pm Thu 20 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
kosmic karma wrote:
I Quote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem.

Wrong. A copuple of years ago, I confronted tearaway kids on motorcycles at Church Kirk. Father of same lawbreakers came down in chav van complete with chav circus.

Police ensued. Yours truly, ended up in court under a section 5, which (after DEFENDING myself at the bench, ended with me out of pocket for court costs).

Come the clement weather,I predict it will start afresh. By the way, many people in this Borough will attest to the fact that most of our highways are now illegal racetracks.

I now have a camera with High Definition video recording, will still be partaking in my walks.
how can you be done for challenging wayward youths on bikes? That is utter rubbish I have never heard such nonsense. The police are useless the only way to tackle it is to take video or photo evidence spread it on Facebook and get an arrest of the person or persons concerned well done to the old man who was thumped he should be commended!
Why are they useless? you don't know what this kosmic karma bloke/woman did, he/she may have behaved in a disproportionate unacceptable fashion and rightly hauled before the beak.

Maybe think about that before making sweeping statements.
All this guy did was stand up against these scum;its fear that people like you have created that makes normal lawabiding citizens cringe and call the Police who then say "we cant do anything against these youngsters".
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kosmic karma[/bold] wrote: I Quote: “And what do the police do when we report it? Nothing. It’s like the police won’t acknowledge there’s a problem. Wrong. A copuple of years ago, I confronted tearaway kids on motorcycles at Church Kirk. Father of same lawbreakers came down in chav van complete with chav circus. Police ensued. Yours truly, ended up in court under a section 5, which (after DEFENDING myself at the bench, ended with me out of pocket for court costs). Come the clement weather,I predict it will start afresh. By the way, many people in this Borough will attest to the fact that most of our highways are now illegal racetracks. I now have a camera with High Definition video recording, will still be partaking in my walks.[/p][/quote]how can you be done for challenging wayward youths on bikes? That is utter rubbish I have never heard such nonsense. The police are useless the only way to tackle it is to take video or photo evidence spread it on Facebook and get an arrest of the person or persons concerned well done to the old man who was thumped he should be commended![/p][/quote]Why are they useless? you don't know what this kosmic karma bloke/woman did, he/she may have behaved in a disproportionate unacceptable fashion and rightly hauled before the beak. Maybe think about that before making sweeping statements.[/p][/quote]All this guy did was stand up against these scum;its fear that people like you have created that makes normal lawabiding citizens cringe and call the Police who then say "we cant do anything against these youngsters". AnthonyUK

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