On Sunday 29th November a number of reports came in regarding off-road motorbikes being raced around fields and land near Napton on the Hill, Warwickshire.
Having previously worked with Southam Police to deal with the Anti Social use of motorbikes in the area, the Rural Crime Officers on duty made their way to where they might be.
It didn’t take long to locate the males riding on the highway back to their vans parked nearby.
After making enquiries with the riders it transpired that neither of the bikes were Taxed, MOT’d or insured and the riders didn’t have the appropriate driving licences to ride that category of motorcycle. As such, the bikes were seized and the riders reported for multiple offences.
After examination, it was discovered the Kawasaki (green) bike identification numbers had been removed and fake numbers stamped over the top. This suggests it might have previously been stolen. Although the rider of the Kawasaki had purchased the bike in good faith, he had failed to conduct the appropriate checks to ensure he wasn’t buying someone else’s stolen property.
Enquires are ongoing to discover the true identity of the bike and we hope to return it to the rightful owner.
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Court Result Update!
Following the matter being heard at Warwickshire Magistrates Court earlier this month both riders had their driving licenses endorsed with 7 Points each and fined a total of £1995, including court costs and a breach of COVID regulations fine.
The Kawasaki bike was sent for destruction after the true identity could not be verified.
The Yamaha bike was eventually sold at auction with the proceeds being used to cover the costs of recovery and storage of the vehicle.
We are aware there are issues with Off Road Bikes in other areas and will be working with other departments within force to address these.