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Moree Police set to combat hoodlum antics of a select group of illegal motorbike riders

BARWON Local Area Command is the recipient of a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Moree on Gwydir and Moree Plains Shire Council.

The donation has contributed to the purchase of two new trail bikes for Barwon Local Area Command.

Barwon Local Area Commander, Superintendent Paul McDonald said “the general feeling received from the community is that they are sick of the hoodlum antics of a select group of riders and drivers”.

“These issues have been a regular topic of local Crime Prevention Committee meetings and it’s extremely pleasing that together the Council and Rotary have been able to support future initiatives in this way,” he said.

The NSW Police Force uses trail bikes for a variety of policing purposes such as searching drug plantations, rural crime operations, search and rescue, traffic operations and general patrols.

“Previous operations have been hindered by the availability of the trail bikes which are essentially a Region resource,” Superintendent McDonald said

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L to R: Inspector Stuart Campbell, Chris Thomas (Thomas Lee Motorcycles), Councillor Kerry Cassells (Moree Plains Shire Council), Superintendent Paul McDonald, Col Thomas (Thomas Lee Motorcycles / Moree on Gwydir Rotary Club), Peter Gall (Moree on Gwydir Rotary Club), Senior Constable Rebecca Peachey (Image supplied).

“Having these bikes dedicated to the Barwon Local Area Command as a result of this generous donation provides us with greater scope to deploy into the community when needed.

“In particular, we would like to see regular operations targeted at the illegal and unsafe driving practices of many local residents,” he said.

A number of local staff have completed training and will soon be deployed.

“The Barwon Local Area Command is committed to working with the community to reduce violence, crime and fear,” Superintendent McDonald said.

“In an effort to target these offenders in the most effective way we encourage residents to report incidents and offenders involved in dangerous motoring practices – both in vehicles and on motorbikes.

“Recent operations have seen a number of offenders identified and dealt with. The trail bikes now provide another facet to strategies in which we can target them. Please, take the time to report these activities so that together we can work towards making this a safer community in which to live,” he said.

Information can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or anonymously via the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/. We remind people they should not report crime information via online forums such as Facebook or Twitter.

Please remember do not place yourself at risk when trying to gather information for Police.

Media Release November 22, 2016