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Richard Todd 05.12.22

Anger over ‘dangerous and reckless’ off-road bikers on Nottingham park

Fed-up residents say they are sick of “dangerous” and “reckless” off-road bikes riding around a park in Nottingham.

Park visitors say there is a real problem with the bikers in and around Southglade Park and police have started to crack down on the issue.

The park, which is located off Southglade Road, is used by residents living in nearby Bestwood, Top Valley and Hucknall among other areas.

Pete Birthon, who is retired, says he goes to the park every day with his two dogs and is always seeing the bikes being ridden around.

He said: “I come here daily to walk my dogs and I can’t think of one day that I haven’t seen people riding bikes.

“They’re not just kids either – it’s grown adults a lot of the time. It’s a big park and so there’s plenty of room for them to do it.



Southglade Park, Bestwood
Southglade Park, Bestwood

“The other day some kids were playing football at the pitches over there and they had to stop because someone rode one through the pitch.

“I don’t think there’s anything being done about it, really. Because what can you do?

“I’m not even sure if people report it anymore, that’s how much it happens. It’s potentially very dangerous.

“If you compare this to Titchfield Park in Hucknall, there is a big difference – that park is immaculately run.”

Julie Ibson, 36, was out in the park with her four-year-old daughter Mia. She told Nottinghamshire Live: “I have noticed them – it’s hard not to.

“Of course it’s a worry especially when you have kids and they are racing around the place. You should be able to go out to the park without worrying about it.

“Hopefully the police are on top of it – I haven’t seen any today to be fair.”

One man, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Everybody is fed-up of them – it’s reckless and stupid.

“They go so fast and it’s in the park, it’s on the roads, they’re everywhere.”

Police have recently seized an off road bike at the park after its engine ran out of water.

A spokesperson for Bulwell, Rise Park and Highbury Vale Police said: “At the weekend the Bulwell beat team did an off road bike operation in the area of Bulwell. Some of you will be pleased to know that we had some success.

“One rider rode his bike a little to hard on Southglade park and the engine lost all its water.

“It wasn’t hard to locate him, stop him, issue him a section 59 and let him walk back to Hucknall.”