Boy fined for riding off-road bike in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 November 2018

Salisbury Road in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Kevin Lines

Salisbury Road in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Kevin Lines

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A teenage boy has been ordered to pay nearly £1,000 by a court after riding an off-road bike around Welwyn Garden City.

The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Stevenage Youth Court on November 8.

He was riding the bike in Salisbury Road on March 30 at 8.30pm when he was asked to stop by a police officer in uniform and failed to do so.

He was also riding the bike without L plates or insurance.

The boy admitted all three charges and was given three fines, which totalled £800.

He was also ordered to pay victim services £45 and £85 court costs.

In total, he must pay £930.

Sergeant David Stansbury, from the Welwyn Hatfield North Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “In recent months we have been working in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to tackle the issue of antisocial behaviour involving mopeds and motorbikes.

“Officer patrols have been focusing on the areas of Woodhall and Panshanger in particular, and three section 59 notices have been issued in the Cole Green Lane area since July 2018.

“We understand just how frustrating this type of behaviour is and how it can have a hugely negative impact on those who live nearby.

“This issue is being treated seriously and we are grateful to those residents who take the time to call us to let us know when and where the incidents are occurring.

“We continue to encourage all reports to us – and we would also encourage you to note down the index numbers of any problem vehicles, or take a photograph/video if it is safe to do so.”

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