WCC teams up with local police to protect local nature beauty walk and reduce antisocial behaviour

LG Published Thursday, 4th August 2016

Worcestershire County Council's countryside team has teamed up with local police to warn against the impacts of riding motorbikes along Leapgate Old Railway Line in Stourport.

Leapgate Old Railway Line is owned and managed by the County Council and provides a sanctuary for many flowers, mammals and insects as well as offering a safe route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Recently members of the local community have reported to local police misuse of the site by motorbike riders. Motor bike riders have been reported as speeding up and down the main route causing distress to neighbours and users.

Local County Council member Cllr John Thomas said: "This lovely walk is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It has an abundance of wild flowers and animals and is not suitable for motorised vehicles. The motorbike riders are both putting themselves and this lovely spot at risk. We urge these riders to stay away from Leapgate Old Railway line and help protect it."

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for localism and communities added: "Worcestershire County Council will be working with the local police team to address this issue and we ask that the public report motorbikes using the site to the local police using the non-emergency number 101."

PC Mark Edwards of Stourport Police said: "Stourport Safer Neighbourhood Team and West Mercia Police as a whole are committed to supporting our community in combating anti-social behaviour and those that would bring harm to the community through irresponsible dangerous activities such as riding motorcycles on pavements and in communal recreational spaces. Riders need to be aware that just because they ride away from officers or PCSO's our powers extend to the entry of gardens and garages without warrant in order to recover the offender's machine.

"We would like to remind those riding motorbikes that the use of motorbikes is not permitted on the site. By using motorbikes at this location you are putting yourself and others in danger. The noise created by the bikes is upsetting local people and is considered antisocial behaviour."