Warning over mini motorcycles

Police have issued a warning about mini motorcycles, such as this one.
Police have issued a warning about mini motorcycles, such as this one.

Officers from the Downham Market area are reminding mini motorcycle owners that they require the correct insurance to ride in a public place after the recent seizure of a vehicle.

The warning come after a 20-year-old man was stopped by two Police Community Support Officers on Thursday 12 December at 3pm, riding a mini motorcycle on the recreation ground behind Magdalen Village School.

The rider had no policy of insurance to ride the vehicle. The motorcycle was seized from its rider, who will now face prosecution for motoring offences.

Downham Market Safer Neighbourhood Team Beat Manager, PC David Mallett, said: “This incident comes just weeks after another 20 year-old man tragically died after crashing a mini-moto on a recreation ground in nearby Parson Drove, Cambridgeshire.

“These vehicles are not toys - they are powerful machines, often capable of speeds in excess of 60mph. The potential consequences of a rider losing control at speed in such close proximity to a Primary School as the children leave are unthinkable.

“As for the action taken in seizing the motorcycle, the law is absolutely clear on this matter: The Road Traffic Act 1988 requires any person using a motor vehicle on a road or other public place to possess a policy of insurance for that vehicle. Those who ride or drive uninsured vehicles in public can expect to have them seized and face prosecution for the safety of the community at large.”

Please report any use of such vehicles, either on the road or any other public place, by calling Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.