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'Tell them to behave' - Petts Wood police warn parents over 'dangerous' push bikes

PUBLISHED: 14:38 21 August 2017

Police are calling on parents to do more to prevent anti-social cyclists

Police are calling on parents to do more to prevent anti-social cyclists

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The warning came after police were called out to anti-social behaviour

Dangerous and anti-social youths on push bikes are taking up too much police time, according to officers in Petts Wood.

Residents across the borough have been up in arms in recent months over the youngsters riding their bikes dangerously along roads and pavements, threatening other residents’ safety.

Recent reports have warned of young cyclists in their teens and early 20s swarming around cars, slowing down and performing wheelies.

Now officers in Petts Wood have targeted parents to try and crack down on the craze.

Petts Wood and Knoll’s force vented their frustration on Twitter last week, tweeting: “Parents we are again getting called to youths causing anti-social behaviour on push bikes in Petts Wood this is taking up too much police time and limited police resources.

“Speak to your children. Tell them to behave! We shouldn’t be doing your job for you.”

When approached for further comment, a spokesperson from the Petts Wood division said: “We have been getting an increasing number of complaints regarding youths on push bikes causing anti social behaviour around the Queensway, Station Square and Chatsworth Parade areas by means of blocking footpaths with their bikes, intimidating locals by shouting in the streets and dangerous cycling on the main roads by pulling wheelies and cutting up cars.

“There are about five recreational grounds in Petts Wood that would be a lot safer for them and for road users.

“It is a problem that we are trying to control early before it gets out of hand.”

Borough coordinator of Bromley Cyclists, John Wood, added: “We strongly deprecate anti-social and criminal behaviour of any kind which of course is not restricted to people who ride bikes.

“We would however observe that it is all too easy to label a group of hooligans causing trouble as cyclists where the cycling element is entirely coincidental.

“Criminal behaviour is a matter for the police; on the other hand the borough needs to invest in proper cycling facilities so that young people have a safe environment in which to ride their bikes.”

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