Essex Police are taking a no tolerance approach to anti social behaviour this Halloween.
The County’s force are linking up with neighbouring police forces and The Metropolitan Police Service on a planned operation to deal with anti-social behaviour.
The planned operation will deal with disruption caused by large groups of people on bikes over the Halloween period. Many of those who take part in the ride outs are linked to the group ‘UK Bike Life’, a subculture of young people who ride together and perform tricks.
Essex Police made a number of arrests last year after members of the group ventured into west Essex from London and caused disruption on our roads and high streets.
The operation, which the Police declare is not aimed at law-abiding motorcyclists, will target anyone coming into the county over the Halloween period to cause disorder.
Chief Superintendent of Essex Police, Andy Mariner, said: “In and around the Halloween period, like any force in the country, we prepare for some challenges.
“Generally, there are small pockets of people who use the occasion as an excuse to act anti-socially.” he continued. “That’s of course unacceptable and we are equipped to deal with that minority.
“We are also prepared for situations where people may be actively seeking to cause disorder on the roads and streets of our county, in the form of an unauthorised ride out.
The Force, who had to deal with a number of individuals who engineered anti-social behaviour last year, has a strong message for those planning to do so again this year.
“We are aware that a ride out is planned again for this Halloween period and our message is clear – they are not welcome in Essex.” continued Mariner.
“Last year, some individuals caused criminal damage to businesses, they deliberately rode dangerously on major roads and intimidated members of the public with anti-social behaviour.
“We have already issued warning notices to certain individuals in Essex who may be planning to take part in this.
“We are fully prepared to use our powers to robustly deal with anyone intent on causing harm in Essex over the Halloween period.”
Groups of riders varied between 75 and 300 met at locations across Essex last year, including Grays, Aveley, Tilbury, Corringham, Brentwood and Basildon.
Officers used a range of tactics including stinger devices and seizing vehicles after reports of reckless riding, criminal damage, riding on pavements and letting off fire extinguishers at members of the public.
The operation involves officers from Essex, The Met, Kent, Hertfordshire, Thames Valley, Surrey and Sussex Police.