A MOTORBIKER has been given a Section 59 order by police in Ilfracombe after a number of reports they had been driving in an anti-social manner around the town.
The section 59 order gives police the power to place restrictions on vehicles which are “used in a manner causing alarm, distress or annoyance”. Should the order be breached police have powers to seize the motorbike.
PCSO Karen Grant told the Journal how she received a number of complaints about a motorbike being driven around the town late at night.
“A large number of locals have been complaining to us about a scrambler type bike which is extremely noisy and has been travelling around the harbour and sea front area over the last few weeks, often very late at night,” she said.
The complaints described how the bike could be heard at around 1.30am and then again between 5am and 6am.
But the problem appears to have been solved after a number of people spoke to PCSO Grant at Ilfracombe Carnival last week.
“We were approached and asked what action we were taking against this particular bike as it had really become an issue with complaints about both the noise and the way in which the bike was being ridden,” she said.
“A holiday maker asked me to try and sort it out because their holiday had been spoilt when he was woken up several times in one night.
“We were passed the same number plate by several members of the public so were able to do a check on the owner of the bike and on Monday we were provided with a statement from a member of the public describing the manner of driving of this bike which had been caught on CCTV.”
That provided enough information for police to issue a section 59 to the rider.
PCSO Grant said she was monitoring the situation. Anyone who spots it being driven inappropriately should call the police on 101.