Wayne David, with other Labour MPs in Gwent, has met with the Chief Constable of Gwent Police, Pam Kelly, and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert. Together, they agreed about the need to tackle the problem of illegal off-road vehicles.
Wayne David told the Chief Constable that off-road vehicles were becoming an “increasing menace”. He said that he had received dozens of reports that illegal bikes were being used on Machen Mountain, the former Bedwas colliery site, on Gelligaer Common and on Rudry Mountain. The Chief Constable and Wayne David agreed that a great deal had already been done by the police. Off-road bikes have been seized, drones had been deployed and anti-social behaviour orders had been issued. However, both also agreed that much more needed to be done. Jeff Cuthbert, the PCC for Gwent fully agreed with Wayne David and the Chief Constable.
After the meeting, Wayne David said “Off-road biking is illegal and has to be stopped. Not only are people being intimidated by the bikers, but some of our most beautiful countryside is being damaged. It is also the case that many of these illegal bikes are being driven on our roads. I am very pleased that the Chief Constable fully accepts that these bikes are a menace and that continuing firm action will take place to clamp down on these illegal off-road vehicles”.