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Hyndburn residents turn detectives over biker issue
HYNDBURN residents are turning detectives in a bid to rid the area of nuisance motorbike riders.
Several locals are hiding behind corners and sneaking around in the evenings to take pictures of youths riding illegally, often without safety equipment and on public land without a licence.
It comes as people told of their fears the tension between the bikers and frustrated locals could bubble over into vigilante justice because the police are not seen to be acting.
One, who did not want to be named, said residents felt they needed to act because they are being kept in the dark by police.
He said: “The police don’t say anything, not even on their website. When we are reporting it, we want something done, not just a big log of calls being created. I don’t know what they are waiting for.”
The man, who said youths had threatened to ‘attack’ anybody seen taking photos of them, said he was worried somebody will take the law into their own hands.
He said: “People will eventually explode and something will happen. When I’ve been walking by the canal in Rishton, I have thought ‘do I just stick my foot out?’, because when they’re in the canal they can’t do anything. They’re not going to jump out dripping wet and attack me.” Police have the power to seize and crush bikes but were criticised in July for failing to catch the menace motor riders, despite a crackdown on them.
The matter has been prioritised by neighbourhood police at police and communities together (PACT) meetings several times but the problem has continued.
Rishton councillor Harry Grayson said Hyndburn had an ‘inherent problem’.
He said: “I have had photos sent to me but residents remain anonymous for their own protection. The police have their hands tied.
“Some had followed these up and spoken to the parents but maybe they should give them one polite warning and then seize their bikes.
“The responsibility lies with the parents who allow their children on these things that aren’t licensed. They are an accident waiting to happen.
“They should be stopped and it should be policed.”
Nobody at Great Harwood police station was available for comment yesterday.
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