Police warning following mass bike gathering

Alert message sent 01/06/2020 18:30:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

Officers covering the Salisbury Plain area are warning off-road motor bikers that if they break the law by riding dangerously and illegally they will be dealt with by Wiltshire Police. 

Yesterday (31/05), a large number of riders with off-road motorcycles and quad bikes gathered on the plain around the Upavon and Everleigh areas. 

We first received reports of numerous vans carrying the bikes turning up at approximately 11am. 

Officers attended the areas and four Traffic Offence Reports were given to riders of the bikes and drivers of the vans.  

Three vans were also seized and impounded. 

Sgt James Osment said:  "We dealt with a number of riders and drivers yesterday who were causing a nuisance around parts of Salisbury Plain by riding uninsured vehicles with no MOTs.  
"This type of anti-social behaviour is not only dangerous but illegal and won't be tolerated by us nor the local community.  The message to anyone who comes here and rides illegally is that we will deal with you and seek to prosecute you.  
"Our job is to protect the community we serve and we will do that by enforcing the law around the illegal use of these machines.
"This isn't us being killjoys, we are more than happy for people to ride on the legal byways, so long as the motorbikes are taxed, MOT'd and insured." 
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Mark Jones (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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