Nuisance riders' bikes are seized by the police.
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POLICE have seized dozens of motorbikes in a bid to crack down on anti-social behaviour.
Reckless riders have been causing danger across Northumberland with Ashington and Hirst both being blighted by the problem.
Officers say riders are causing damage to the local area, disturbing residents and putting themselves in danger.
And now they are putting on extra patrols in an attempt to stamp out the behaviour.
Officers are also clamping down on uninsured and unlicensed drivers who are causing concern in the community.
Police say they have issued dozens of warnings to riders and a number of motorbikes have been seized.
One bike was taken from an unlicensed driver in Ashington while two others were seized for being ridden in an anti-social manner.
A stolen motorbike was recovered by officers after it was being driven around Hirst.
Two cars were also seized by officers - a Corsa driven by an unlicensed driver and a Clio driven by an unlicensed and uninsured driver who was later summoned to court.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Harris, for Ashington and Morpeth, said: "We want to make sure people are safe in the Ashington area and have been carrying out this operation to tackle problem drivers. "We want to make it clear to these nuisance bikers that we can and do take action to stop them in their tracks and will seize their bikes from them when necessary.
"Uninsured drivers are also a danger on our roads.
"They help to push up premiums for other motorists and often drive with little regard for other road users so it's vital that we do everything we can to keep them off the roads.
"This means if an officer stops a vehicle with no valid insurance, then the driver faces having their licence endorsed with penalty points, paying a fine or ultimately having their vehicle uplifted and destroyed. This is a serious matter with serious consequences."
PC Keith Jewitt, who works in plain clothes looking for youngsters illegally riding motorbikes
Northumbria Police Inspector Dave Harris