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Police step up minibike fight.

Byline: By Justine Halifax

MORE than 75 minibikers face seeing their pride and joy crushed as police step up their fight to put the brakes on their dangerous antics.

Teenage boys tearing around on the illegal machines are being warned they will pay a hefty price the next time they're caught behind the wheel.

The harsh message from Staffordshire Police follows the shocking revelation that more than 75 formal warnings have been dished out to youngsters using the "dangerous machines" over the last year.

Incidents soared between February and May when more than a third of warnings were issued by officers.

A further 42 were issued to boys spotted risking their lives on landfill quarry sites.

Boys as young as 14 are causing "bedlam" tearing around homes and paths, terrifying mothers with prams and pensioners as the noisy bikes reach speeds of up to 50mph.

Most warnings were issued following calls to police by residents terrified that a life could be lost.

Now at least 77 youngsters face seeing their machines seized if they are spotted using them again.

The revelation comes just weeks after police in Tamworth revealed the town was suffering from an "epidemic" of mini motos tearing around housing estates making residents' lives a misery.

Judith Russon partnerships development officer for Chase division, said: "Officers will be taking positive action with those found to be using motocycles and mini-motos in an

anti-social manner. Contrary to popular belief, quarries and wooded areas are not authorised venues for off-road motorcyclists to ride."

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STAFFORDSHIRE: Tearaways face having machines crushed' CRUSHING BLOW... Staffordshire Police are set to seize and destroy minibikes in an operation similar to this one carried out by West Midlands Police in Wolverhampton.
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