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PCSO hit by motorbike.

Byline: Joanna Desira

Fleeing teen rider is arrested for dangerousdriving

A police community support officer was injured after she was ridden at by a teenager on an off-road motorcycle.

Kendra Hunt, who joined Cleveland Police in January, was badly bruised after the motorcyclist caught her right arm as he tried to escape.

PCSO Hunt and her colleagues were on Carisbrooke Avenue in Thorntree, Middlesbrough, just after 4pm on Friday, when they spotted the teenager on the black, blue and silver Yamaha 400.

The PCSO held up her arm to indicate that the 16-year-old should stop.

He slowed down as he approached the three colleagues, who were walking side by side, but then accelerated through a gap between PCSO Hunt and one of her colleagues, catching her on her right arm leaving her badly bruised.

The rider left the scene at speed driving down Ormesby Road, where he was spotted doing wheelies, into Normanby, onto Flatts Lane and to the top of Eston Hills, where he was spotted by the police helicopter.

The crew kept him in their sights despite, heavy cloud cover, and he was arrested on Eston Nab for failing to stop and dangerous driving. He also did not have a driving license or insurance.

The bike was seized and will be crushed. The teenager is currently on bail while enquiries continue.

Sergeant Glynn Bass, manager of one of the East Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Policing teams, said: "This demonstrates our absolute determination to bring to task those who persist in riding off road motorcycles. We have many tools to help our fight including force helicopter and make no mistake we will use them.

"Fortunately my colleague was not badly hurt and she showed great courage and dedication to duty, returning to work the following day.

"My message to those who think they can ride illegal off-road vehicles around our estate, is that you can't even take cover in the clouds, there is no escape and we will deal with you."

* Residents can let the police know where off-road motorcycles are housed by ringing 01642 302900, they do not have to leave their names.
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 4, 2007
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