Motorbikes cause terror on estate

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A COUPLE are so fed up with anti-social behaviour on their estate they have threatened to take direct action.

Despite regular reports to police of incidents of motorcycling nuisance and noise on Leadenhall, the couple, who wish to remain anonymous, are worried that things are getting so bad that residents may have to take matters into their own hands.

“We have lived on the estate since February 2007 and it has been a regular problem since we moved here,” said the resident. We feel like we’ve come to the end of our tether really. It’s constant, especially during the summer months.

“They race the bikes up and down Pear Tree Lane, because it is a long, straight path.

“And they use their motorbikes around the children’s play area and dart around in the fields with them. One day, someone is going to get hurt, either by being knocked over by the bikes, or falling off the bikes.

“It has come to a point now that I’m going to go out there and say something. And chances are, I’m going to get set upon because they’re often gangs of five or six.

“We regularly call the police to report the incidents. And we encourage our neighbours to do the same because the more people who raise this, the more chances we have of getting the police to sit up and make a difference.

“I’ve had a positive relationship with our local police officer and I know he works hard, but he is just one man and the Neighbourhood Policing team is too small to give this issue the attention it needs and deserves.”

The residents are callling on police to be stronger after reporting those causing the problem, giving names and addresses. The couple have even spoken to the police directly but claim nothing has been done.

The resident added:“We have tried to arrange meetings with the council’s Neighbourhood Manager, but twice he has cancelled meetings on the day we were due to have them, and nothing seems to be getting done from their end either.”

In a string of emails sent to the despairing couple, Daniel Mullins, Neighbourhood Manager wrote: “I have asked for the local Neighbourhood Engagement Officer to review a number of options for this area, this includes whether any redesign of landscape would be a solution, installation of barriers etc.

“I have also asked my team to discuss with Paradigm options on landscaping and the local engagement officer is making contact to progress discussions.

“The issue both local to you and across the borough in key hot spots has also been raised at JATAC (Joint Agency Tasking and Coordination). This group, as you may know, is made up of a number of key agencies including the police, local authority and key stakeholders who work to find both operational and strategic solutions to issues across the borough.”

A spokesman from the police said: “Thames Valley Police is aware of the issues caused by motorbikes in the redway area of Milton Keynes.

“Police are working together with Milton Keynes Council and have been liaising with the couple to address their grievances, as we take all concerns and issues raised by the general public seriously.

“A neighbourhood police officer has visited the couple to reassure him that we are working to find a resolution.”