Police target nuisance motorcyclists with new long lens camera

Northumbria Police camera Tyne Tees
The camera cost £800 Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are tackling nuisance motorcyclists with a new £800 long lens camera as part of a fresh crackdown.

Officers have teamed up with Sunderland City Council to tackle off-road riders who, they say, have been putting 'walkers and cyclists at risk of injury by tearing along public paths and cycle paths' across the Ryhope and Doxford areas of the city.

Public and private land has also been damaged and police say this is causing misery to the communities who live there.

As part of Operation Eagle, the council’s Area East Committee have paid for a telephoto zoom lens that can help police identify off-road bikers from a distance – and bring them to justice.

The crackdown has already had a significant impact with more than a dozen riders identified, eight Section 59 warning notices handed out to riders and one motorbike seized.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Craig Sherriff, who is overseeing Operation Eagle, has welcomed the early results.

Uniformed and plain-clothed officers are carrying out patrols in hotspot areas.

Neighbourhood officers are working with the Operation Benelli team, which was set up last year to combat an increase in the number of incidents across the Force where motorcycles had either been stolen or used to commit crime.

The Operation Benelli task-force, based at Etal Lane Police Station in Newcastle, has seen more than 100 offenders arrested and hundreds of stolen vehicles seized.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of their website or by calling 101.