Help us put the brakes on motorcycle menace

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Methil is once more witnessing a ‘rise of the machines’, with the new year bringing a slight increase in anti-social use of off-road motorcycles.

Community police in the town hope to arrange more days of action with their road transport colleagues to combat the nuisance.

And residents attending last week’s community engagement meeting in Methil were urged to report any incidents as quickly as possible.

Identification of the culprits was a key factor, police said, in removing the menace from the roads.

The meeting heard incidents were slightly up again after a recent decrease – possibly because the weather this winter had so far not been as severe as last year.

Offences were being committed on a range of off-road machines, such as scramblers, quad bikes and mini-motos.

Residents last week described seeing a teenager with a frightened-looking young boy on the front of a bike in Kirkland Drive. Neither was wearing any safety gear.

Motorists had to take evasive action to avoid another rider, also without a helmet or protective clothing, who was taking a short cut near Methil Brae.

The meeting also heard of bikers being out from around 6am, or earlier, and riding all afternoon around the Den Walk, High Street and Wellesley Road areas.

Online community policing reports said “prolific offenders” with off-road motorcycles had recently been jailed or had curfews imposed.

“Any calls are still responded to timeously and (Methil community) PCs Alan Shovlin and Greg Mizerny have made every effort to attend off-road motor vehicle calls and report offences accordingly,” added the report.