A new scheme to tackle anti-social behaviour and promote the safer use of motorcycles in Nuneaton and Bedworth has launched today, thanks to funding from Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Ball.
Warwickshire County Councils Fire and Rescue Service in partnership with Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety Team, Warwickshire Youth Justice, Family Intervention and Nuneaton and Bedworth Community Safety Partnership are running two local programmes: Two Wheels in Motion and Two Wheels Plus, which are aimed at young people between the ages of 14 – 18 who are at risk, or who have committed offences involving ASB (anti-social behaviour), theft or motoring offences involving motorcycles.
Often when a motorcycle has been stolen, it is then driven irrationally, causing incidents, harming passers-by, other motorists and themselves. In other cases they are simply abandoned and set on fire.
At the Two Wheels in Motion programme young people are taught:
• Riding tuition – safe riding skills
• An understanding from the risk of fire and arson
• Understanding legal responsibilities when owning a motorcycle
• The importance of protective equipment
• Challenging illegal off road riding leading to anti-social behaviour
The Two Wheels in Motion programme is delivered over three, two hour sessions at the Nuneaton Fire Station. Following this, the young people can then move on to the Two Wheels Plus programme. This is aimed at those who aspire to undertake further training, education and apprenticeships, but have no formal experience or qualification to do so.
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Gary Phillips said:
“By working together, sharing our knowledge and facilities, we hope to prevent young people from reoffending and causing incidents and fires. The programme we run helps them understand the correct way to use a motorcycle, the implications of their actions and the potential harm they can cause to both themselves and the communities in which they live.”
Ron Ball, Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said:
“This is a really important initiative to help tackle an all too common problem, making a significant difference to local communities.
“Too often, the nuisance and offences caused by these drivers cause untold disruption and distress to the public. Tackling the problem in this way will help to reassure the community as well as deter youngsters from reoffending.”
Iain Brown, Practice Leader, Warwickshire Youth Justice and family Intervention Service said: “Running the programme is making a real difference to the local community. Over the past 12 months, 48 young people accessed the programme and only one has reoffended.
“None of the young people taking part were reported for continued ASB and two even went on to complete their CBT. It’s also a great way to develop their personal/social skills, which can help steer them away from trouble and give them a better future.”
Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio holder for Community Safety added: “By working together we can help these young people learn new skills and reduce anti-social behaviour”.
Chair of Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee Councillor Richard Chattaway said: “this type of anti-social behaviour has been an issue for some of our communities, and I welcome this attempt to solve the problem”.