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Posted on Friday 8 April 2022
Op Endurance Darlington

A successful scheme to combat nuisance off-road drivers has been extended to Darlington.

From this week, anyone seen riding an off-road bike, quad or 4x4 in the West End and Redhall areas of the town will have their vehicle seized straightaway.

The scheme, brought in under Durham Constabulary’s Operation Endurance, aims to crackdown on nuisance riders and motorists and has already seen successes in the Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing area.

Section 59 warning signs have been erected selected areas to notify potential offenders of the new powers and combat the antisocial behaviour which is often linked to them.  

The force is also working with its partners including Darlington Borough Council to raise awareness of the scheme and encourage residents to report any incidents as they happen to help identify those responsible.

The notices also cover e-scooters which are currently illegal to use anywhere other than private land.

Sergeant Natalie Gilchrist, of Darlington Neighbourhood Team, said: “The Section 59 signs are a really effective way of taking positive action against offenders on an issue which can have a real detrimental impact on residents.

“It is just one of the many ways we look to take a problem-solving approach to issues that affect our communities, and I would urge anyone who witnesses nuisance vehicles to report it us.”

To report a nuisance vehicle, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555 111.

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