Joint operation to target off-road vehicles in Newport

A joint operation between Gwent Police and Newport City Homes will target illegal use of off-road vehicles in Newport this summer.

Operation Gear will target increased reports of illegal quad and off-road bike use in the city, which is causing nuisance and annoyance to residents.

It is illegal to ride any motorbike in public open spaces such as parks, play areas and on pavements.

PC Bill Hannan, of Gwent Police, said: “Off-road vehicles, particularly when driven through residential areas at speed, can cause alarm and distress to residents, and cause damage to properties and the countryside – not to mention that riders are also putting themselves and members of the public at risk when using these vehicles in inappropriate areas. This kind of reckless and criminal behaviour will not be tolerated.”

As part of the operation, Newport City Homes is reminding its residents that it is a breach of tenancy to keep off-road vehicles in their homes.

Tenancy and leasehold services manager Lindsay Murphy explained: “Residents and their visitors must not store mopeds, motor bikes, quad bikes or similar vehicles or any fuel for these vehicles in their home or in the communal areas.

“This is a safety issue, which remains one of our key priorities. However, aside from this, the illegal use of vehicles such as these causes great frustration for many of our residents. They are dangerous, noisy and disruptive.

“We are working with the police and council to crack down on this anti-social behaviour and would urge anyone with information about the illegal off-road vehicles to call 101. Should you wish, you can make the call anonymously.”

It is illegal to ride any motorbike in public open spaces such as parks, play areas and on pavements. It is a breach of tenancy to keep them in your home.

To report illegal use of mopeds, off-road bikes and quad bikes, call 101 and quote occurrence number 1800231731.