Bike campaign renewed to tackle problem in Kirkcaldy

Left: Charles McPhee, Cllr Susan Leslie, PC Steven Black, Sgt Jimmy Adamson, Cllr George Kay, PC John Weir, Allison Wardlaw (34), Alicia Wilkinson (26) and Dave Clark (31) with kids Olivia Wilkinson (1), Mikayla Wilkinson (4) and Aiden Clark (4). Pic: Steven Brown
Left: Charles McPhee, Cllr Susan Leslie, PC Steven Black, Sgt Jimmy Adamson, Cllr George Kay, PC John Weir, Allison Wardlaw (34), Alicia Wilkinson (26) and Dave Clark (31) with kids Olivia Wilkinson (1), Mikayla Wilkinson (4) and Aiden Clark (4). Pic: Steven Brown

An area of Kirkcaldy which has seen more than its fair share of illegal bike problems was chosen by police to launch a renewed campaign this week.

Rabbit Braes, behind Linton Lane Centre was used for the photocall for ‘Operation Fireblade’ which addresses complaints about anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance caused by the illegal use of quad and motorbikes.

Police in Kirkcaldy are responding to the problem with an action plan which involves:

- Liaising with the community to target those suspected of offences and offer suitable solutions to those who legitimately own vehicles

- gathering intelligence and acting on it to target those involved in illegal activities

- getting information to local officers and staff for a consistent , pro-active approach

- liaising with schools and other agencies to highlight the problems of anti-social behaviour and highlighting the use of the confidential Crimestoppers hotline

- providing public reassurance and improving safety through road safety education and a proactive uniformed response.

John Weir, police constable, said: “The use of these bikes is a serious concern to the community due to the damage caused to green areas and the increased risk of injury to members of the public.

“Our targeted actions helped to reduce this kind of antisocial behaviour last year when we seized motorbikes and reported individuals to the Procurator Fiscal. We intend to keep the pressure on those responsible.

“These riders show little regard for the safety of other road users and members of the public including dog walkers and children and we want to send out a message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.

“This operation benefits greatly from information received from the public.

“We are urging anyone who witnesses the illegal use of bikes to contact us on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”