Police operation launched in response to "dangerous and illegal" moped riders around Bromley
PUBLISHED: 09:43 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:13 08 June 2017
Concerns have been raised over young people riding moped and motorcycles dangerously
Young moped riders and motorcyclists are being warned not to put their families “through the trauma of losing a loved one” by driving dangerously.
Bromley’s most senior police officer, borough commander Chris Hafford has highlighted young boys as putting themselves, pedestrians and other motorists at risk through dangerous driving on the borough’s roads.
Since March police have dealt with a number of serious crashes, one of which left a 16-year-old boy requiring extensive, ongoing care after suffering head injuries.
Another of the crashes saw a 14-year-old boy suffer a fractured femur after crashing a stolen moped in Mottingham.
Last week one rider hit a parked car as three stolen motorbikes were racing in Bromley, suffering a broken femur.
C. supt Hafford said: “What worries me is that young people are putting themselves in extreme danger because of this behaviour and I don’t want families to go through the trauma of losing a loved one.
“Please, if you are one of these young people, or you are the parent of a young moped or motorcycle rider, these are words of advice that could save your life or the life of a loved one.
“Make sure you ride responsibly and within the law, don’t take risks and wear the correct gear and an approved helmet.”
Officers also believe mopeds are being used as getaway vehicles in a number of burglaries and robberies around the borough, and have begun a dedicated operation to target serious offenders.
Operation Lexington will see police work with the council and housing associations to crack down on the anti-social behaviour.
The borough commander warned the public against “taking the law into their own hands” by knocking riders off their mopeds, saying “I cannot condone this, please report those who are using motorbikes inappropriately to us, we can seize the bikes and put offenders before a court where appropriate’.
Moped riders must be at least 16-years-old and hold a provisional licence along with a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) certificate, allowing them to ride a 125cc vehicle without a pillion passenger.
Learner plates must be displayed either at the front or rear of the vehicle.