Teen arrested as part of crack down on moped crime
29 July 2019
A teenager has been arrested as part of our ongoing work to tackle moped-related crime in North East Lincolnshire.
The 17-year-old is the latest to be brought into custody as a result of #OperationYellowfin, which has seen also our teams seizing bikes and proactively targeting those riding recklessly across the force area.
He’s now due before Grimsby Magistrates Court charged with riding without a licence or insurance.
The work in North East Lincolnshire is being spearheaded by PC Andrea Russell and there are still more plans in the pipeline.
She said: “This is an ongoing issue that we have had concerns about for some time – which is why we are actively seizing bikes, making arrests and – most importantly – warning those who choose to ride bikes recklessly that they’re putting themselves and others at risk of serious harm.
“One thing I want to highlight again are the dangers of riding bikes dangerously and without the proper protective clothing, helmets and training.
“There have been a handful of incidents recently where riders and pillion passengers have been seriously injured after riding, sometimes, stolen bikes erratically and at speed.
“We do not want that to happen. Often it is younger people who are doing this and they don’t realise the inherent dangers of riding in this way.
“It’s not funny or clever. And their actions can be potentially fatal not only to themselves, but to other members of the public.
“We’re doing a lot of work to keep these bikes off our streets – not least working with petrol stations to stop them getting fuel.
“All the local garages have now signed up to our No Helmets? No Plates? No fuel initiative and the information you’re providing is helping us to target our patrols.
“Not only does help us to do proactive stop checks to make sure riders have the right licences and insurance in place but we can also find out where those riding illegally are storing their bikes so they can be seized.
“As part of this we’re also working with landlords as if we find stolen property is being stored on premises, this could potentially put tenants in breach of their tenancy agreement and they could be facing eviction.”
And you’re not the only people we’re working with the tackle the problem. We’re also working closely with North East Lincolnshire Council too.
PC Russell said: “Another tactic we’re exploring with the council is preventing the riders from using these public spaces as cut throughs.
“There are a number of options we’re considering, including putting barriers in place to physically prevent them from getting into them from side entrances.
“Another is exploring whether imposing additional Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in place in areas such as Grant Thorald Park and Weelsby Woods.
“There are already seven PSPOs to curb recurring and unreasonable antisocial behaviour which allow our officers and other authorised person to ask someone breaching the order to leave and not return for 24 hours.
“The details are also recorded and sent to the appropriate council department, who then assess the evidence and – where appropriate – issue Fixed Penalty Notices of up to £100.
“The tactics we’re already employing, as well as those we’re exploring, have already proved effective in other areas – including within our force area – but in order for them to work well we all have to work together.
“My appeal to you is to keep that information coming to us, so that we can continue to target these riders before anyone else is seriously hurt.
“We have more high profile action and activity planned for Op Yellowfin. We’ll let you know the results.
“In the meantime, we really want you to contact us with any information you have. Whether that be about nuisance riding, stolen bikes or any criminal activity surrounding motorbike crime.
“Always quote ‘Yellowfin’ when reporting anything to us.”
You can call us on our non-emergency 101 line or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
You can also speak to our officers when they’re out and about.