Six arrests following spate of moped incidents
Date published: 20 June 2018
Officers across areas of Manchester have responded to numerous moped-related incidents during the past four days
Police investigating serious anti-social behaviour linked to offenders riding stolen mopeds have made six arrests.
Officers across areas of Manchester including Moston, Rochdale, Cheetham Hill and the city centre have responded to numerous incidents during the past four days.
In many cases, up to four mopeds have been seen riding erratically, often mounting pavements with riders and pillion passengers intimidating bystanders.
At around 1.50pm yesterday (Tuesday), police responded to reports of three off-road bikes driving erratically in Rochdale and a police pursuit began which ended on Halifax Road, Littleborough.
Two men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.
Later, at 4.50pm yesterday, police attended a property on Evanton Walk, Harpurhey.
A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.
This morning (Wednesday), police attended properties on Swanley Avenue, Monsall and Kilton Walk, Collyhurst.
Two boys, aged 17 and 16 have been arrested on suspicion of public order offences.
Superintendent Chris Hill of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: “Over the last few days, communities have been plagued by offenders riding stolen mopeds.
“Motorcyclists have been seen riding irresponsibly, threatening members of the public and goading police officers. In some instances, offenders have deliberately damaged police vehicles.
“We will relentlessly pursue individuals who think they can act without impunity and whose reckless behaviour blights communities.
“I would like to thank members of the public who have assisted us with our enquiries.
“While we have made arrests, it’s vital that people who see this kind of anti-social behaviour in their area, report this to police on 0161 856 7771.”