Police investigating anti-social moped bike rider
Police are searching for a red moped rider - or riders - following a string of anti-social incidents in Hartlepool. One of the major incidents involved a motorbike crashing into a car after veering over the central reservation at 12pm on Stockton Road, on Sunday, June 5. The incident left a man on the motorbike on the bonnet of the car, and when other riders appeared at the scene they were reportedly "verbally aggressive" to a person who stopped to help.
On the same day, balaclava youths were spotted on a red moped and were reported to be "acting suspiciously" at the entrance to a caravan park in Dalton Piercy. Cleveland Police confirmed it has received further reports linking a red bike to crime and damage to vehicles in the Hartlepool area. READ MORE:Fresh CCTV appeal as police hunt yobs reportedly involved in Boro v Derby disorder
A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: "Hartlepool NPT takes almost daily action against anyone using motorbikes, off-road bikes and mopeds illegally or antisocially, but unfortunately there's been a recent increase in incidents. "Today we're appealing for information to trace the rider (or riders) of a red moped which has allegedly been involved in several recent incidents as they may be able to help our on-going enquiries. "On Sunday 5th June (the Jubilee weekend) at 12.25pm a motorbike was seen to veer over the central reservation on Stockton Road, crashing into a car and leaving a man from the motorbike on the bonnet of the car.
"Another bike and a red scooter then appeared at the location and the riders were reported to have been verbally aggressive to a passer-by who stopped to help at the scene. Later that day at around 3.30pm, youths wearing balaclavas and on a red moped were reported to be acting suspiciously at the entrance to the caravan park at Dene Garth in Dalton Piercy. "Police have since received further reports linking a red bike to crime and wilful damage to vehicles in and around Hartlepool.
It's also been alleged that those riding it have threatened members of the public. "We'd therefore appeal for any information on the bike, where it's stored and anyone believed to use it. Please also contact Cleveland Police on the 101 number with any sightings of this bike.
If you don't want to speak to police, you can pass information anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phoning them on 0800 555 111."