Police in Oldham are reassuring residents in the Kings Road area that they are stepping up their efforts to stop the use of illegal off-road bikes. By drafting in extra force resources, including the Road Policing Unit and more PCSOs, GMP will significantly increase visibility in the area.
The move comes following an incident on the playing fields on Kings Road on the evening of 4 August 2022, when an off-road bike was in collision with a five-year-old, who was playing football. The child sustained injuries to his lip and leg, which will require surgery.
A 17-year-old male – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was arrested and later released under investigation.
Chief Inspector Abigail Cronin for Neighbourhood Partnerships in Oldham said: “My thoughts are with the little boy who has been injured and I hope that he makes a speedy recovery.
“We understand the frustration of the local community with this type of anti-social behaviour and we want them to know that we are aware of it and have a plan in place to ensure that it is dealt with appropriately.
“We have secured extra resources and will apprehend and arrest anyone who is riding an off-road bike.”
Greater Manchester Police in Oldham can be contacted on 0161 856 2191 or by dialling 101. Anyone who would like to report a crime anonymously, can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.