‘Police should chase down off-road bikers’ in Abergele
Date of alert:
Monday, 3 July 2023
Wales - North Wales Police
NORTH Wales Police’s top cop has pledged to look into whether officers on off-road bikes could help crack down on a town’s scrambler scourge.
Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman was asked during a meeting of the North Wales Police and Crime Panel about the issue of youths riding bikes illegally and dangerously around Abergele.
Conwy county councillor Alan Hunter said they were driving off-road through woodland, and also using roads around the town.
In March, the Local Democracy Reporting Service reported how the motorcyclists were riding around the ancient forest behind Gwrych Castle in the Tan y Gopa Woods and Coed Plas Uchaf woodland.
Residents said the bikers were destroying the forest floor and running over bluebells and wild garlic.
Consequently North Wales Police investigated after landowners complained of trespassing, noise, fumes, and fires being lit.
There were also complaints about bikers riding on public roads between Abergele and Old Colwyn without wearing helmets.