Operation targets off-road bikers in County Durham

Seized off-road bikes
Image caption Nineteen off-road bikes were seized by police

A crackdown on off-road bikers has helped to reduce complaints about anti-social behaviour in County Durham.

Between May 2010 and February 2011 there were 340 complaints about riders behaving irresponsibly, compared with 640 in the same period the year before.

The drop follows measures including increased patrols by officers, PCSOs and neighbourhood wardens.

Nineteen bikes were also seized because they were causing a nuisance or were suspected to have been stolen.

The Peterlee area had the biggest reduction, with complaints falling by more than 57%.

Chief Inspector Andrew Huddleston, of Cleveland and Durham specialist operations unit, said: "People riding off-road bikes around our communities and estates can cause a real disturbance to residents.

"Their behaviour can have a serious impact on the quality of life of others.

"By increasing our patrols and working on information provided by the public we are managing to get on top of the problem and stop these motor menaces in their tracks."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites