POLICE have said that motorbike related crime is a “priority” after a day-long crackdown in Southampton.

On Tuesday, officers in the city completed a day of action which resulted in a stolen motorbike being recovered as well as an arrest.

Officers from the Southampton West Neighbourhoods Team took part, supported by the Roads Policing Unit and Armed Response Unit.

Drones were also in action which the force says gives a “new dimension” when out patrolling and helps to locate mopeds in the area.

But now, in a message shared on Southampton Cops Facebook page, police have reassured residents that motorbike crime remains a “priority”.

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“We are aware of the frustration that these issues have been causing for the residents in this area and we ask you to rest assured that we continue to work with specialist teams within Hampshire Constabulary and also with partner agencies, including The Council.

“On many occasions, our hands are tied in how we can deal with these motorbikes and mopeds when they are actively on our roads/pavements and off-road in public areas, this is due to the high levels of risk that the actions of those on these bikes and mopeds bring to the public and to themselves.

“As and when we can, all possible tactics are considered and utilised where possible.

Public safety remains our priority and we ask for your patience and support as we continue to combat the issue.”

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The force is now calling on the public to support it by reporting any sightings of stolen motorbikes or mopeds and raising addresses that may be taking in these vehicles.

It comes as calls have been made in Southampton for more to be done to tackle the blite of anti-social motorbike riding.

A petition, recently handed to the council by Coxford ward councillor, Matt Renyard was signed by more than 1,600 people and asked the authority to put in anti-bike barriers along the city’s pathways and walkways.

Crimes of this type can be reported to police by calling 101. In an emergency, people should call 999.

Crimes can also be reported online or anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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