Monkey problem

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THE high number of unregistered “monkey bikes” in streets, reserves and parks throughout Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula is a worry to Somerville Highway Patrol.

They say residents complain about the bikes’ noise, possible damage to the environment and sometimes the riders (pictured) are considered a danger to other road users. A tragic example of what can happen as a result of this illegal behaviour occurred at the Carrum Downs shopping centre. (“Hit-run mum death charges” The News 28/9/2015).

“Given the places these bikes can access that police vehicles can’t, and the tendency of the riders not to obey police directions to stop and thereby create more dangerous situations, the issue is a difficult one to police,” Sergeant Peter Martin said.

Police say they are “committed to dealing with this issue as best we can” and welcome public assistance.

Anyone knowing the identities of those riding unregistered motorcycles, or their address, should contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or online at crimestoppersvic.com.au

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 7 August 2018

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