More than 20 people have been arrested and an array of motorbikes seized in the biggest West Midlands Police offensive yet on biker louts.
Up to 40 warrants have been executed across the force area – from Coventry to the Black Country – by officers on the hunt for bikers who’ve brought chaos to the region’s roads in a series of “lawless” rallies.
A total of 25 people were arrested in the three-day blitz (Dec 5-7) on suspicion of causing a public nuisance, dangerous driving and other motoring offences.
And 27 motorbikes, including scramblers, pit bikes, mini moto’s, scramblers, road bikes, quads and even a beach buggy (pictured), have been impounded and face being crushed.
Early indications are that four of the seized bikes are stolen, while the raids also uncovered four cannabis farms.
The arrests are in connection with a rally dubbed “Take Back the Streets” on 26th June that saw tens of bikers clogging up main roads, intimidating road users, ramping up pavements, damaging grass verges and performing stunts like ‘donuts’ and wheelies in the road.
Chief Inspector Jack Hadley, said: “What we saw in June, and subsequently on Halloween, was pure lawlessness on our roads.
“The public told us they wanted firm action taken and we vowed to find those responsible – and this week we’ve followed through on that promise with the single biggest execution of warrants ever seen in West Midlands Police history.
“We’ve made lots of arrests and seized more than a dozen bikes. We will be pushing for court convictions and driving bans against these people and they can expect to have their bikes seized and destroyed.
“People need to understand that if they ride recklessly on public roads, showing disregard for communities and endangering other road users, they run the risk of being taken to court and hit with a hefty fine, a community order and a driving ban.”
The men arrested range in age from 18 to 38 and include 20 men from Birmingham, two from Wolverhampton, one from Solihull and one from Oldbury. A 51-year-old woman was also arrested from an address in Stechford on suspicion of cannabis cultivation.
All will be bailed until a date in March to allow officers more time to investigate and to build a compelling case against them to present to prosecutors.
Meanwhile, West Midlands Police has issued images of more riders and motorbikes they want to trace in connection with the 26 June event.
Chief Insp Hadley, added: “I would ask members of the public to help us in our battle to target this kind of anti-social behaviour on our roads. If anyone recognises any of the people in these images, or have seen the bikes or know where they are kept, I’d ask them to contact us so we can take action.”
Anyone with information is asked to call West Midlands Police on the 101 number and quote Operation Wraithbane, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.