Mopeds cause havoc for estate’s residents

John Raine (below) chairman of Mereside Tenants Association, says mopeds and speeding cars are wreaking havoc on the estate.
John Raine (below) chairman of Mereside Tenants Association, says mopeds and speeding cars are wreaking havoc on the estate.
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NEIGHBOURS are growing increasingly frustrated after teenagers on mopeds caused havoc on a Blackpool estate.

Teenagers have been racing around the Mereside estate on the bikes, and a rise in complaints and a spate of thefts has prompted police to step up patrols.

John Raine, chairman of Mereside Tenants Association, says mopeds and speeding cars are causing a problem for residents.

John Raine, chairman of Mereside Tenants Association, says mopeds and speeding cars are causing a problem for residents.

Now, as neighbours said they are sick of seeing the bikes speeding around, police have pledged they will continue to work on tackling the problem.

A 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was hauled before the courts this week for his part in the chaos and pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking.

He will be sentenced next month.

John Raine, chairman of Mereside Tenants and Residents Association, said: “There’s a major problem and it’s been raised at the PACT meetings.

“The kids are flying up and down the street in the early hours of the morning and because of the noise mopeds make it’s causing a lot of misery for residents.”

And Mereside resident Bruce Allen said: “They race around the estate and it’s getting a bit silly, no-one is going to be able to ride a bike around the estate without being stopped, so I feel sorry for the genuine owners.”

Insp Matt Willmot, of Blackpool Police, said: “We have had some good success from targeting the right offenders and targeting work on these offenders will continue.

“We do appreciate the community concerns which have been raised over the last couple of weeks in relation to these offences and we want to reassure residents we are doing everything we can to get the problem sorted out.”

Police have urged residents to ensure they are not making themselves a target by locking their bikes up securely at night.

And they are also asking communities to get in touch immediately if they see mopeds being driven in an anti-social manner.

Sgt Bob Conolly-Perch said: “We would appreciate information from members of the public to assist us in the detention of these thieves and would ask
anyone seeing a moped being ridden in an anti-social manner to ring the police so that we can respond while the vehicle is being used.”

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