Touch Ban Injunctions Target Motorbike Theft Gang – West Yorkshire Police (press release)

The offenders were hard to identify due to them removing or masking number plates and hiding their faces with scarves, hoodies or helmets.

Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive member with responsibility for Safer Leeds said: “The way in which these individuals were riding motorbikes in areas of east Leeds was both reckless and extremely dangerous and put the personal safety of both motorists and pedestrians at risk.

Chief Inspector Nick Ireland, of Safer Leeds, said: “We are confident that the successful securing of these wide-reaching orders against these key individuals will give a real boost to our efforts to tackle the organised theft of motorbikes along with the anti-social behaviour that it fuels.

A special team of officers, under the banner Operation Badgeland, was set up to tackle the increase in bike thefts, and worked alongside officers from Operation Leodis – a team funded by Leeds City Council to tackle mainly housing-related anti-social behaviour.

Similar orders have also been secured against six other youths who cannot be named for legal reasons.

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