Bridlington crime down - but officers issue warning over quad bike thefts

Police in Bridlington say crime is down since coronavirus restrictions came into force.

Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 2:58 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 3:00 pm
Insp Rob Cocker

Inspector Rob Cocker, from Bridlington Neighbourhood Policing Team, says the lockdown has meant a reduction in offences.

But he said officers are determined to tackle issues that are continuing to cause problems in the area.

“The new challenges around Covid-19 have resulted in additional priorities with engaging and explaining the new legislation to people and on occasion using the new powers to enforce the law where appropriate," said Insp Cocker.

"However, our continued focus remains on the types of crime that impact greatest on our local community such as drugs, anti-social behaviour and rural crimes.

"Crime has reduced somewhat due to the impact of the restrictions.

That being said, there are some ongoing issues in our area including a number of thefts from farms around the Driffield and Bridlington area, with outbuildings being forced open and items stolen including quad bikes.

“In response to the reports we increased patrols to these areas," he said.

"During one patrol a suspect vehicle was recovered and reported thefts appear to have stopped.

“Our enquiries are continuing with these investigations and we would advise all land owners and farmers to make sure all machinery and valuables are securely locked up and all vehicles immobilised and report any suspicious activity to us.

“Drug dealing continues to be an issue raised by residents through our #HumberTalking surveys and we have high visibility patrols continuing to disruptive drug activity in Bridlington.

“Further warrants and pro-active patrols are planned in the coming months that will disrupt this activity and look to arrest those who commit offences.

“We have also seen an increase, as is often the case as the weather improves, with off road bikes being used to cause anti-social behaviour in the areas around Bridlington and Flamborough.

“Our ongoing operation to tackle this type of offence #OpYellowfin will be stepping up activity around this kind of offence and we would encourage people to report such problems to us via 101 quoting OpYellowfin.

“We are aware of complaints of ant-social behaviour involving youths within the town centre of Bridlington and will be increasing high visibility patrols in this area.”