Police clampdown on joyriders

Police clampdown on joyriders

Police have vowed to clampdown on joyriders after the death of a North Edinburgh teenager.

Brad Williamson, 14, died last month after his bike collided with a Toyota Aygo on Silverknowes Road.

The investigation into the crash is sill ongoing and one line of inquiry is that the bike was stolen.

Chief inspector Jimmy Jones, area commander for the north west area of Edinburgh, said he needed the public’s help to ensure there were no other serious crashes.

He said: “I don’t want any more accidents, I certainly don’t want any more fatalities. We’re keen to generate more community intelligence.

“The issue of joyriding was something officers in the district have contended with for years.

“There’s an acquisitive element to it, where some of the bikes are never recovered.

“But for the most part, the movement of these bikes across the city is largely for recreational riding.

“It’s that element that really piques my concern.”

Although police have a pursuit policy, officers are reluctant to chase people on motorbikes because it is “difficult to intervene in a safe manner”.

They have started using other tactics, such as gathering evidence by filming reckless activity on cameras designed to identify individuals.

Thieves have been known to target hotels and bed and breakfasts around the city, stealing motorcycles from visiting bikers.

Officers have been liaising with guest houses to encourage them to be vigilant about security.

Any concerned residents are encouraged to call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.

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8 Responses to "Police clampdown on joyriders"

  1. You need to change the first line of this article, it was not “his” bike that collided with that aygo, it was someone elses hard earned machine. It was a bike he had stolen!

    Change it. And address him as the thief he was.

  2. Concerned community · Edit

    I’ve been told by the police that their policy is GO THE OTHER DIRECTION IF YOU SEE A JOYRIDER.

    This is opposite of what is being said above.

    There have been hundreds of incidents of joyriding and theft, and the courts, children’s panel and police are doing NOTHINg about it.

    The PARENTS are just as much to blame, and unless they want their kids DEAD from accidents on these bikes, they need to EDUCATE and CONTROL their kids.

    POLICE, CHILDRENS PANEL, SOCIAL SERVICES, but most importantly COMMUNITY, sort this out before they not only damage everyones pride and joy, but themselves.

    DISGRACE that nothing is happening unless the kids get KILLED in accidents. Shame on those turing a blind eye.

  3. Edinburgh police have been repeatedly passed on information as to who the bike thief’s are and pictures of them on stolen bikes and bragging about how its stolen.

  4. I’m going to call bullsh*t on this,
    the police know exactly who the thieving little scrotes are,
    they get loads of photos and tips and never do a thing about it,

  5. Explain to me how they are clamping down ? The law doesn’t allow them to be chased, nor can they set up sting operations, so how are they clamping down? Just let them kill themselves it’s just a method of culling ! And helps mankind become better if you remove the scum

  6. I watched a teenager about 14 smash 2 tractors used for roadworks. I called the police and told them he was smashing it up and was inside it trying to hot wire it or looking for stuff to sell on. They told me the next available officer would be along this was at 10 pm the police arrived the following day at 11am. Bit late guys. Not good enough

  7. And the sad thing is, these scum bags are now moving onto other crimes such as car key thefts and house break ins, as there is no deterant ! And in some cases the home owner is home and gets attacked, it’s safe to say that a lot of crime in Edinburgh is being committed by the same group of people and the police know who it is but still don’t really care enough to push for change in the law, it’s safe to say the crime situation in Edinburgh is an epidemic, but the media have brushed it under the carpet !


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