PCC Paddy Tipping and attendees at the Motorcycle Safety Meeting - l-r Inspector Andy Townsend, Damien Allen, Sgt Rob Dunkley, Inspector Simon Blincow, Paddy Tipping, Barry Briggs (Think Bike Training), Martin French, Gavin Short, Sgt Mark Baker
A group of motorcyclists met with Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping and representatives from Nottinghamshire Police today (21 July) in response to concerns over motorcycle theft and criminality.
The Commissioner arranged the event following a meeting with motorcyclists Martin French and Barry Briggs who had contacted him via Facebook to highlight the issue of bike theft and rider safety, particularly in instances of ‘bike-jacking’.
Paddy Tipping said that he wanted to hear more about the problems bikers face on the roads and the tactics being used to address them and getting everyone together was the best way to find a way forward.
He said: “Clearly there is concern amongst the motorcycling community about bike theft and I heard that there is a real fear of becoming the object of ‘bike-jacking’ which can result in serious injury to the victim, as well as the loss of the bike.
“This meeting gave everyone a chance to hear, face to face, about the problems faced by motorcycle owners and the ways in which the Police are trying to address them.
“In fairness, some of the really serious incidents that sparked concern took place in other parts of the country, but clearly there are known hot spots for bike theft in Nottinghamshire. There are so many motorcyclists living and visiting the county that I felt that we needed to be certain that preventative action was being taken.
“There was a lively discussion about the Police’s Chase and Stop Policy and the best available options for dealing with these offences safely and effectively. The Police will follow up any evidential leads to recover bikes and catch offenders and it was clear that the motorcycling community represented at this meeting want to work with the police to tackle these issues
“It was an open and frank discussion but a positive one, with everyone appreciating the points being made. I’m hopeful that we’re making progress.”
Mr Tipping was originally contacted by motorcyclist Martin French who said today: “It was good to put across some of our views about bike theft in our home towns of Nottinghamshire. Hopefully we can work together to put a lid on this issue."
Inspector Simon Blincow of East Midlands Operational Support Services added: “It was great to meet with members of the biker community and the Commissioner this morning. There was a good exchange of views and information and we have some positive actions to take forward.”
Insp Andy Townsend of Nottinghamshire Police said: “It was very interesting to hear from people who are so passionate about their motorbikes and the life of the motorcycling community, I think we have both learnt a great deal about the effects of crime on its victims and the powers available to deal with perpetrators. I am sure we will be able to work much closer with each other towards the same ends.”
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Posted on Friday 21st July 2017