Operation Harley Launches Across Newport With Off-road Bike Seizures

Operation Harley Launches Across Newport With Off-road Bike Seizures

Thursday 20th Feb 2020

A Newport-wide crackdown on illegal and antisocial use of off-road bikes and vehicles got underway on Friday with a series of community engagement events and a special action evening.

Gwent Police's Neighbourhood Officers spent the afternoon speaking to the public about Operation Harley outside Spytty's Tesco Extra store in Newport East, Friar's Walk in the City Centre, and both Pill and Duffryn ASDA stores in Newport West.

They were joined at the latter location by the Force's Mini Police - a scheme giving Newport youngsters first-hand experience of policing their communities - from Tredegar Park Primary School, who helped to hand out leaflets and chat to shoppers.

The campaign, which will run throughout the spring and summer months, aims to raise awareness of how members of the public can report concerns, how the police can and will combat the issue, and will highlight to potential offenders the damaging and dangerous nature of this behaviour.

Residents are asked to report any concerns to Gwent Police as soon as possible by direct messaging the Force Twitter or Facebook accounts, using the hashtag #OpHarley and quoting the reference 1900054085. Photographs, videos or any other supporting information.

Members of the public can also email [email protected], call 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if they would prefer.

Friday also saw the first in a number of dedicated action evenings in problem areas, which will run at intervals during the next few months.

It took place in Duffryn, and saw two bikes seized and a number of people spoken to by officers and representatives of partner agencies, including housing agencies and Newport City Council.

For more information about the laws related to off-roading, visit www.gwent.police.uk/en/advice/advice/n-p-neighbour-disputes-property-fraud/off-road-vehicles/.