Sleep-deprived Welwyn Garden City residents fed up with moped noise

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 07:24 30 July 2018

This moped was seized by police in 2015 in Welwyn Garden City. 
Picture: Herts Constabulary

This moped was seized by police in 2015 in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Herts Constabulary

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Sleep-deprived Welwyn Garden City residents are urging the police to do more to combat nuisance moped riders.

The noisy bikes are being ridden and revved in residential roads in the early hours, waking people up.

Mum-of-three Hannah Woolner, 36, said: “They are always going up and down Broadwater near where I live in Woodhall Court.

“I’ve heard them any time up until midnight going up and down.

“It can be so noisy.

“It wakes my youngest who is autistic.

“In the past mopeds have ridden on the pavements and this worries me as my little boy is partially blind and won’t see them.

“They have no care for anyone.”

Hannah added: !If you say anything, you get abuse thrown back at you.”

Another Welwyn Garden City woman said: “At 3:15am today (Thursday, July 26) and they have already been up and down Knella Road three times.

“Obviously it’s very hot so all windows were left open and it woke me and my partner up.

“I’m pregnant and find it difficult to sleep as it is and have to get up for work.

“I wish they had some respect for people.”

Another resident; “It’s very frustrating listening to that stupid noise, revving it to death.

“It was at 3pm today, 8pm just now.

“It’s every day and they wake us up most nights.

“It is very frustrating and given the temperature, all windows are open so we’re woken up much easier.”

One sleep-deprived man also got in touch with the Welwyn Hatfield Times, saying: “This has been ongoing now every night since Saturday and the police do not seem interested.

“Last night this was going on from 11pm until the early hours.

“I even saw four people on one scooter!”

Herts Police say they received three separate calls on Friday, July 20, about two noisy mopeds in Beehive Lane, Sloansway and Homestead Lane in WGC.

A police spokesman said: “Unfortunately at the time the initial call was received, more urgent incidents were taking precedence so no officers were able to attend.

“However the Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team are fully aware of the incidents and as a result are increasing patrols in the affected areas as well as looking at CCTV footage with the aim of identifying those responsible.”

Once the vehicles have been identified, the owners will be issued with a Section 59 notice which is the first step towards seizing a vehicle involved in anti-social behaviour.

A Section 59 notice can be issued when the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that a vehicle is being using in a careless or inconsiderate manner, and is causing alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public.

The spokesman added: “The team appreciate that antisocial behaviour such as this can have a negative impact on the lives of those who live nearby and want to reassure residents that they are taking these reports seriously.

“Officers are grateful to those residents who took the time to call police and would encourage them and their neighbours to continue to report any future anti-social behaviour.

“If it is safe to do so, they are also encouraged to take down index numbers of the vehicle(s) or take a photograph of them.”

A Welwyn Hatfield Council spokesman said: “The council is working closely with the police to monitor the situation following the reports of a man on a moped causing noise nuisance in Welwyn Garden City.

“The council is helping police with some intelligence gathering, e.g. whether it is just one person, where they are going and how they are accessing certain areas and when they are doing it.

“We recognise that it’s frustrating for residents affected by such inconsiderate actions.

“A meeting is scheduled for 6 August with the police, site operators (Better Leisure), council ASB and community partnerships officers which will try to put preventative measures in place.”

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