Posted on 15th November 2016
Police in Derby have set up additional patrols in the city centre after a number of reports of disturbances involving young people on pedal cycles.
The action comes after complaints have been received about small groups of young people causing a nuisance riding in and out of pedestrians.
Chief Inspector Richard Smith, who is in charge of Safer Neighbourhood policing in the city said: “We have become increasingly concerned about this behaviour as it is clear that the action of those on the bikes is becoming intimidating to those going about their legitimate business in the city.
“Our message to those taking part in these acts is that we will not tolerate this behaviour and that they are potentially committing public order offences for which can they be arrested and have their bikes seized. We are also concerned that it may be leading to more serious offences.
“We would ask parents and guardians to be aware that this is happening, some of which we suspect is organised on social media, and to give appropriate advice to their children.
“We have made an arrest this morning of a 16 year-old girl for robbery who we believe is part of this group and we will not hesitate to make more arrests when required.”
Anyone with information about the activity is asked to contact the Derby City Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101
Alternatively, send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here.
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.