Police ask for dash cam footage of motorcycle group

Police are appealing for dash cam or CCTV footage of “dangerous and antisocial riding” involving a group of up to 80 motorcyclists in Maresfield and Little Horsted area on Sunday.

Four people were arrested and seven motorcycles were seized after concerns were raised by members of the public.

Police received reports at about 12.55pm on Sunday (March 28) of 70-80 motorcycles riding dangerously on the A22.

Monitored

Trained officers were deployed from across the Force, including from Roads Policing, Special Enforcement Unit, and divisional units. The riders were monitored by National Police Air Service and vehicle tactics were used to stop the main offenders including the use of Stop Stick.

Two of the four people arrested attempted to flee from the scene.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “The vast majority of motorcyclists who travel around Sussex do so in a sensible manner. However there are a small minority of bikers who believe they can drive in a disrespectful manner on the roads.

‘Unacceptable’

“This behaviour is completely unacceptable and causes upset and danger to local communities and road users.

“We will not tolerate this sort of riding and we will continue to robustly deal with those that flout the law.

“The safety of our communities is paramount and working with our local policing colleagues and partners, we will use all available tactics to take these riders and their bikes off our streets.”

Arrests

A total of four arrests were made:

  • A 21-year-old man from Dorset was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop. He was released on police bail until April 25.
  • A 22-year-old man from Barking was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance. He was released on police bail until April 25.
  • A 26-year-old man from Islington was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving while disqualified. Released on police bail until April 25.
  • A 17-year-old boy from Edenbridge was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, driving without insurance, two counts of driving without a licence, possession of a class B drug, and failing to provide a specimen for analysis. He was released on police bail April 25.

Footage

The police ask that if you witnessed the dangerous riding or captured anything on dash cam or CCTV, you report this online or call 101 quoting Operation Favour.

You can also report incidents of dangerous or antisocial driving or riding via Operation Crackdown.

Find out more about what the police doing to prevent, detect and respond to antisocial driving here.

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