Dangerous moped driver in Epsom's Court Recreation Ground warned his bike could be crushed

A youngster riding a moped erratically was issued with a notice by Epsom Council rangers

A youngster riding a moped erratically was issued with a notice by Epsom Council rangers

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A youngster dangerously driving a moped around Court Recreation Ground was stopped in his tracks on Sunday afternoon.

Council rangers stepped in after a member of the public alerted them that the driver who was riding around the ground "erratically", according to an Epsom Council spokesman.

When the rangers approached, the youth tried to flee, but he was stopped  and the police were called.

The police issued the driver and the moped with a notice which means that if a follow-up offence is committed, the moped will be seized and crushed.

Councillor Clive Smitheram, chairman of the crime and disorder committee on Epsom Council said: "Sunday afternoon was the first glorious day of the year and many people were out in the local parks to enjoy the weather - this kind of behaviour spoils every one’s pleasure and ties up council officers when they could be doing something more constructive."

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10:53am Tue 20 May 14

EwellMan says...

I love our justice system - Your bike could be crushed!!!

Done something illegal and the bikes dangerous then crush it or a nice bike then sell it and use the money toward paying for more police on the streets.

Where is the deterrent to these kids that know there are no police on the streets so abuse the fact being terrorising neighbourhoods. We need ZERO tollerance.

Where i live we are plagued with scooters that have had their exhaust modified to make that loud whine and think its cool to drive full throttle where you can still hear then a mile away. Another parasite that needs stomping on.
I love our justice system - Your bike could be crushed!!! Done something illegal and the bikes dangerous then crush it or a nice bike then sell it and use the money toward paying for more police on the streets. Where is the deterrent to these kids that know there are no police on the streets so abuse the fact being terrorising neighbourhoods. We need ZERO tollerance. Where i live we are plagued with scooters that have had their exhaust modified to make that loud whine and think its cool to drive full throttle where you can still hear then a mile away. Another parasite that needs stomping on. EwellMan
  • Score: 2

10:59am Tue 20 May 14

EwellMan says...

you have to love the counciler comment -

"Councillor Clive Smitheram, chairman of the crime and disorder committee on Epsom Council said: "Sunday afternoon was the first glorious day of the year and many people were out in the local parks to enjoy the weather - this kind of behaviour spoils every one’s pleasure and ties up council officers when they could be doing something more constructive."

No Clive, if the rider hits a small child it will cause serious injury or death, who really cares about councillers team, thats the least of the worry.

Why does the council and police setup a website page where people can annonymously publish photos and sightings of such behaviour and maybe a scheme paying £50 for catching such people, they have to leave a house somewhere so some incentive and it will save ten times that amount in wasted council/police time and possibly save a future injury or even death.
you have to love the counciler comment - "Councillor Clive Smitheram, chairman of the crime and disorder committee on Epsom Council said: "Sunday afternoon was the first glorious day of the year and many people were out in the local parks to enjoy the weather - this kind of behaviour spoils every one’s pleasure and ties up council officers when they could be doing something more constructive." No Clive, if the rider hits a small child it will cause serious injury or death, who really cares about councillers team, thats the least of the worry. Why does the council and police setup a website page where people can annonymously publish photos and sightings of such behaviour and maybe a scheme paying £50 for catching such people, they have to leave a house somewhere so some incentive and it will save ten times that amount in wasted council/police time and possibly save a future injury or even death. EwellMan
  • Score: 2

11:50am Tue 20 May 14

jswan1 says...

I was walking in Horton Park a week ago and two little thugs came racing around the corner on a couple of extremely noisy mopeds with no registration plates. It is lucky that no children were hurt by their reckless behaviour. It looked like they entered from Chessington.
I was walking in Horton Park a week ago and two little thugs came racing around the corner on a couple of extremely noisy mopeds with no registration plates. It is lucky that no children were hurt by their reckless behaviour. It looked like they entered from Chessington. jswan1
  • Score: 0

2:58pm Tue 20 May 14

EwellMan says...

jswan1 wrote:
I was walking in Horton Park a week ago and two little thugs came racing around the corner on a couple of extremely noisy mopeds with no registration plates. It is lucky that no children were hurt by their reckless behaviour. It looked like they entered from Chessington.
They will of come from cos Lane (Wateredge) and cut though over the golf course as has public access or from Longmead estate. I have seen them a few times coming from both areas.

It amazes me that someone somewhere must know where they live and maybe some sort of financial incentive could stop a lot of these petty crimes Or Maybe the parents should be fined/lose benefits if the children are caught. Need some sort of detterent before someone does get hurt.
[quote][p][bold]jswan1[/bold] wrote: I was walking in Horton Park a week ago and two little thugs came racing around the corner on a couple of extremely noisy mopeds with no registration plates. It is lucky that no children were hurt by their reckless behaviour. It looked like they entered from Chessington.[/p][/quote]They will of come from cos Lane (Wateredge) and cut though over the golf course as has public access or from Longmead estate. I have seen them a few times coming from both areas. It amazes me that someone somewhere must know where they live and maybe some sort of financial incentive could stop a lot of these petty crimes Or Maybe the parents should be fined/lose benefits if the children are caught. Need some sort of detterent before someone does get hurt. EwellMan
  • Score: 1

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