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Saturday 27th August 2016
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Illegal Motorcyclists Risk "Sizable" Fines

Barking and Dagenham Council is warning motorbikers who ride illegally through the borough's parks they risk sizable fines - or even having their bike seized.

Following incidents in Central Park and Beam Valley Park police and the Council say they are determined to clamp down on the problem.

Cabinet Member for Crime, Justice and Communities, councillor Jean Alexander said: "This is a growing problem and one that ourselves and the Police are determined to stamp out. This isn't just a nuisance for local dog walkers, families, local residents and local football and rugby clubs, it's a menace to every law abiding park user.  

"Members of the borough's Parks SNT have been liaising with local sports clubs who have expressed concerns about youths riding off road scramble bikes when they are playing and I know that the Safer Parks team are treating this anti-social behaviour very seriously indeed. 

"We have a simple message to anyone who rides their motorbike illegally in any of our local parks, your behaviour will not be tolerated. When apprehended your off road bike will be seized and you will face sizeable Police fines to boot.  

"Our parks are for everyone to enjoy. And we will not allow the selfish behaviour of an irresponsible minority to ruin the enjoyment of our local green spaces."