Crackdown on mini-motos in St Albans

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:24 06 May 2010

A BOY has had his bike seized and another been warned that he will be next after a police clampdown on off-road mini moto bikes. The boy in Jersey Farm who had his bike seized had been given a previous warning about his anti-social riding and it will cost

A BOY has had his bike seized and another been warned that he will be next after a police clampdown on off-road mini moto bikes.

The boy in Jersey Farm who had his bike seized had been given a previous warning about his anti-social riding and it will cost £120 to get it back and pay for the storage charge.

The other boy was issued with a prohibition notice because he was riding his bike with another boy, both without safety helmets.

St Albans neighbourhood sergeant, Jamie Bartlett, said: "Next time we will seize his bike.

"We set up the operation across St Albans and London Colney in response to a number of calls from members of the public who'd noticed an increase in anti-social riding during the school holidays."

He added: "These bikes may be thought of as 'toys' but they are not. They are fully-fledged motor vehicles; some are capable of travelling at speeds of up to 40mph.

"While some versions are well-made, others which may seem good value for money are poor quality and require a high level of maintenance to be kept in a safe condition.

"The vast majority of these machines cannot and must not be used on the roads or in public areas.

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