Offer helps cut 'bike pest' fears
POLICE in Henstridge have praised the efforts of a village landowner to help reduce the number of complaints about antisocial behaviour.
PCSO John Winfield revealed that the owner of Henstridge Airfield, Jeffrey Jarvis, had come up with a solution to stop young people riding mini motor bikes and pit bikes in and around areas of the village, which was causing alarm to residents.
Mr Winfield said that the neighbourhood beat team had received a number of complaints from concerned residents about bikes being ridden on the lanes and along footpaths.
He said: "Working with the families and the bike riders Mr Jarvis offered some land on his airfield where they can ride their bikes.
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"He has also offered them a place to store the bikes, so there will be no temptation for them to ride them down to the site.
"This kind community act by Mr Jarvis has stopped further calls by the public to the police and may have potentially saved lives.
"Typically, youths riding bikes are young and inexperienced riders, without correct protective clothing and limited experience of using their bikes.
"I have noticed since this intervention by Mr Jarvis that there has been an instant result within the community of Henstridge."