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Posted on Wednesday 24 May 2023

From this week anyone seen using any vehicle in an anti-social manner in Pelton will have their vehicle seized straight away.

The scheme brought in under Durham Constabulary’s Operation Endurance, aims to crack down on nuisance riders and motorists in the Pelton area.Section 59 Warning signs have been erected in the area to notify potential offenders of the new powers and combat anti-social behaviour which is often linked to them.

The Section 59 signs act as an automatic warning, meaning anyone found driving in an anti-social manner will have their vehicle seized. If the riders/drivers are caught committing any driving offences, they will also be reported for those.The notices also cover e-scooters which are currently illegal to use anywhere other than private land.

Operation Endurance will be used in conjunction with Operation Takeaway – a countywide driving offences scheme.

This is in response to a large number of calls from residents concerned for their safety due to the number of off-road bikes being used illegally in the Pelton area.

Sergeant Laura Hood, of Pelton Neighbourhood Team, said: “Communities across the county are being plagued by individuals using off-road motorbikes in an antisocial manner, with specific hotspot areas such as Pelton identified.

"The s.59 Warning Notices are a key tool and positive approach to this problem. They offer a long-term solution as well as reassurance to residents.

"I would encourage anyone who witnesses vehicles being used in an antisocial manner to report this to us.”

The force’s casualty reduction Coordinator, Nicola Bowman, added “We all know how much of a plague on society bikes, quads and other motorised vehicles cause to our community.

"Working together with partner agencies, Operation Endurance was introduced to find a way to reduce the impact on society and as a force, we will take any action necessary against offenders and we would urge members of the public to provide information to assist us.”

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

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