Might be worth staying off the road tomorrow night if you can…
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) have a detailed planned operation to deal with any disruption caused by anti-social behaviour carried out by large groups of motorcyclists over the Halloween period.
Over the past few years, officers have responded to ‘ride out’ events where large numbers of motorcyclists have gathered in several locations across London. Their intent and action has been to cause disruption and anti-social behaviour, including driving recklessly, on the wrong side of the road, through red lights and across pavements; with many riders using stolen motorcycles.
The MPS are aware that many individuals who take part in the ride outs are linked to the group ‘UK Bike Life’ and are working with surrounding forces, Essex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, Hertford and Thames Valley.
Last year the collaborative operation resulted in over 30 arrests.
Superintendent Louise Puddefoot from Met Operations said: “These groups do not have any consideration for other road users, and put themselves and members of the public at risk by driving recklessly in large numbers. They frighten and intimidate Londoners and tourists, and have caused considerable damage to local businesses.
“We know that some people may see the event advertised and think they are joining like-minded enthusiasts on a lawful ride, within legal parameters. This is not the case. These groups are not in keeping with the law, they ignore the rules of the road and drive ruthlessly, carrying out stunts on the roads and pavements.
“Officers will be out across London throughout the Halloween period and will deploy a number of police tactics to prevent riders from driving dangerously. We intend to prevent disorder and crime caused by riders and we will be dealing robustly with offenders and making arrests where appropriate.”