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23 May 2016, 06:36
The Leader of Harlow Council says a new injunction banning antisocial motorbike riding will make the town a safer place.
The injunction, which is believed to be the first of its kind, runs until 31 March 2017 and bans groups of two or more people taking part in unauthorised ride outs between 10am and midnight on any public land or public highway in Harlow.
The council says that covers motorbikes or motorvehicles and anyone breaking it would be in contempt of court and may be sent to prison.
The injunction forbids the following activities as part of an unauthorised ride out:
A Harlow Council spokesman, said: "Nuisance particularly from the illegal riding of motorbikes is blighting people's quality of life in Harlow and the Council will not stand by and do nothing.
"It is becoming an increasing problem, not just in Harlow but other areas in the country, and now we are approaching the warmer months we want to put deterrents into action.
"The injunction is one of a number of measures the Council working with the Police has in place to target the issue of nuisance bikes.
"We know the organisers of Saturday's event have the best intentions at heart and that is to hold a ride out in memory of a friend.
"Regrettably, they have not approached the Council or the Police about this event and despite attempts we have been unable to engage with them.
"We do want to work with them. We want to see how events like this can be organised safely for everyone, with our support, so adequate resources can be allocated and any nuisance and impact minimised on the surrounding communities.
"This injunction and the action being taken is not about stopping anyone from having fun. It is about ensuring everyone is safe from harm, that laws are not broken and that our communities are protected from nuisance and antisocial behaviour."