Petition plea on off road bikers

Millie, the white saluki dog killed by an off-road motorbike in Methil in March
Millie, the white saluki dog killed by an off-road motorbike in Methil in March
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A Levenmouth woman is already close to gathering 15,000 signatures after setting up a petition calling for an end to off-road motorcycle menaces in the area.

Shelagh Cooper from Leven set up the ‘Millie’s Plea’ petition after she and her husband’s white saluki Millie was knocked down and killed by a man on an off-road motorbike while out walking on waste ground to the north of Mulberry Crescent, Methil, three weeks ago.

The police need to be able to do more - the bikes should be confiscated and they should be fined

Shelagh Cooper

The couple is hoping that by gathering the signatures, they can force the Scottish Government to allow the police more powers when apprehending these types of offenders.

Shelagh told the Mail: “The police have got 13 different criteria which they have to pass before they can even chase anyone on these bikes.

“They’re riding without plates, no license, no insurance and no MOT.

“The police need to be able to do more - the bikes should be confiscated and they should be fined.”

Shelagh, a biker herself for over 30 years, told the Mail she has no problems with people riding bikes legally - but says these riders aren’t following the rules.

“They think they can just get one of these things and take it out. But the law says you can only ride it on your own land - as soon as you leave your garden you are breaking the law.”

Shelagh told the Mail that things in Methil do seem to be quieter - although she has had to phone the police four times since Millie’s death - bikers are now popping up all over Buckhaven. “The police need more leeway to catch these people,” she added.

Shelagh has been overwhelmed by the support she has received since Millie’s death, and said the petition has been signed not just by locals, but people from across the UK, who have also encourtered the problem in their area. “It’s a countrywide problem,” said Shelagh, “people are sick to death of it.”

To sign the petition, pleasego to www.you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/millie-s-plea