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Action day, but scrambler bikes disappear

PUBLISHED: 14:28 22 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:28 11 August 2010

AN ACTION day to clamp down on motorbike riders who illegally use a patch of waste ground proved futile. Parks police, Thames Safer Neighbourhood Team, council officers and street wardens descended on Choats Road, Barking, on Sunday December 7. But few bi

AN ACTION day to clamp down on motorbike riders who illegally use a patch of waste ground proved futile.

Parks police, Thames Safer Neighbourhood Team, council officers and street wardens descended on Choats Road, Barking, on Sunday December 7.

But few bikers turned up, and no enforcement notices were handed out.

Despite this, the council and police have pledged to keep an eye on the bikers, who are still causing a problem.

Families in Choats Road and Renwick Road have complained for some time about the noise from the bikes at weekends. The land is owned by Barking Riverside Ltd.

Steps taken to stop the nuisance include fixing fences, more prominent 'no motorbike' signs, visits to schools, letters sent to owners of cars seen unloading bikes, and use of CCTV.

So far 18 illegal bikes have been seized by police, including at Eastbrookend Park and Leys Fields.


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