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Illegal Motorcycle Riding Drops by Approx. 40%

The illegal use of motorcycles in Aberdeen has fallen by approximately forty per cent (40%) since the introduction of a Police Scotland operation in April 2015.

Further, only 63 individuals have been charged with related offences over the same period.

Police Scotland’s ‘Operation Trinity’, was launched with the aim of cutting illegal motorbike riding (including dangerous driving/riding).

Commenting, Chief Inspector Nick Topping, stated:

“This is the seventh year that Operation Trinity has been run in the city and is a direct result of concerns raised by the local communities across the city about the anti-social use of motorbikes and the negative behaviour associated with it.

“Anti-social use of motorbikes is predominantly an issue at its peak in the summer months which is why we run the operation from April to August.

“Over the course of the last four and a half months a dedicated team of officers have focused on investigating reports of antisocial use of motorbikes, working alongside our partners in the Community Safety Hub and other Aberdeen City Council departments.

“As a result of the team’s investigations, a total of 95 motorbikes have been seized, along with 4 motor cars, 63 individuals have been charged with various offences and warning letters have been sent to first time offenders.

“The team has relied on the information coming in from the public so I would like to thank communities for their assistance with this operation. All calls into us have been reviewed and action taken where appropriate.

“It is particularly positive to see that when compared with figures for 2014, there has been almost 40% fewer incidents reported. This is a direct result of the proactive way the Operation Trinity team has dealt with incidents and also from the support of local communities who have provided information.”

Commenting Further, Topping said: “Although Operation Trinity has concluded, officers will still deal robustly with any reports of motorcycles being used anti-socially or illegally.

“I would also remind motorbike owners to always ensure their bikes are secured with adequate bike locks. Some of the bikes recovered had been reported as stolen to us. They have since been returned to their owners.”

Also commenting, Neil Cooney, who is Aberdeen City Council Communities, Housing and Infrastructure Convener Councillor, stated:

“I am delighted to see an almost 40% reduction in anti-social incidents due to the success of Operation Trinity.

“This reduction will have had a positive effect in our communities which we, along with partners including Police Scotland, are striving to continue to keep safe and free from anti-social behaviour. Along with helping to identify detection and diversionary measures, City Wardens assisted Police Scotland with patrols and the use of CCTV.

“Driving a motorbike dangerously or recklessly can have devastating effects on people so we welcome operations such as these.”

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