Asbo bikers: Stolen vehicles recovered in police operation

Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds District Commander. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds District Commander. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Nine stolen motorbikes and quadbikes were recovered by police during a crackdown on anti-social riders.

The operation on the Hawksworth Estate in Kirkstall led to eight people being served with an injunction banning them from riding in groups.

And one man is under investigation in connection with the theft of vehicles.

Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds District Commander, said the operation was one example of the way officers were taking action.

“A lot of the motorbikes we’re talking about being used anti-socially are stolen,” he said.

“One of the hotspots for theft is the city centre and we’re getting a special operation up and running there.”

Elsewhere, police have been working with Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team and council housing officials.

They have issued 30 housing cautions to people in East Leeds who were involved in anti-social riding, which means they risk losing their tenancies

Another man has been issued with a criminal behaviour order with strict conditions, including not touching any vehicle without the owner’s permission.

Chief Supt Money said the force was also challenging its thinking about how to gather evidence for such orders.

“One of the things we’re looking at is the use of drone technology,” he said.

“The problem is it’s fairly intrusive. At the moment it’s difficult to justify.”

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