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Quad bikes and motorcycle seized in Operation Capio crackdown

Quad bikes with a combined value of £20,000 have been seized along with a motorcycle after a rider unwittingly pulled a wheelie in front of plain-clothed officers.

Operation Capio is our force-wide crackdown along with partner organisations on motorcycle criminality with members of the public urged to report nuisance riders and share information.

The latest days of activity in Gateshead on Friday and Sunday proved productive, with stinger-trained staff on the ground joined by a drone team providing an eye from the sky.

The motorcyclist who pulled a wheelie had his bike quickly seized as officers caught up with them at a nearby garage.

Two quad bikes were also seized after they were found to be uninsured, with both riders summoned to court. A further vehicle was also seized for being driven without insurance, with the driver also the subject of a court summons.

Inspector Craig Brown, of Northumbria Police, said:

This was a great set of results and I would like to thank our team and the efforts of our partners so far.

It is brilliant to see the positive impact which Operation Capio has already had in our area in such a short space of time, as we know this type of criminality can cause misery for our communities.

While we are pleased to see encouraging results such as these, we know our work is far from over.

Anti-social riders should expect to be arrested and have their vehicles seized and potentially crushed.

Please help us to help you by continuing to be our eyes and ears out in the community, and by telling us your concerns.

If you see something suspicious, please report it to police at the earliest opportunity and share as much detail as possible to help us identify those involved.

Officers and partners have urged people to further assist their enquiries by continuing to share details if known, such as:

  • Vehicle registration plate number for offending vehicles

  • Time of day and date of incident

  • Where the motorcycle was located, and where it was travelling

  • Where offending vehicles are being stored

  • Description of riders including how many, clothing worn and helmet or headgear

  • Description of the motorcycle(s) involved – including colour, make, model if known – and any other distinctive features

  • Members of the public can report concerns to us using the ‘Report’ page of our website, or by calling 101. In an emergency, or where a crime is taking place, always dial 999. You can also visit the council’s websites to report anti-social behaviour.

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