Neighbours kept awake by ‘nightmare’ illegal motorbike riders in Rugby

Residents say they have been kept awake until the early hours
Residents say they have been kept awake until the early hours

Frustrated neighbours are being kept awake until the early hours by ‘dangerous’ illegal motorbike riders.

Teenagers have been riding mopeds, dirt bikes, quad bikes and mini motorbikes across Burnside Park off Westfield Road in Rugby.

Residents have witnessed several near-misses with schoolchildren, dog walkers and mums with pushchairs.

An elderly resident confronted the youths, who are thought to be between 15 and 20 years old, and was intimidated by the group.

A concerned neighbour, who did not wish to be identified through fear of becoming a target, said: “When she went over to confront them she said she would call the police and they said ‘Go ahead, but remember we know where you live’.

“This is such a frustrating situation and we’ve asked the police for help over and over and they have done nothing.”

The person said the gang of riders threw a resident’s plantpots against her own front door after she asked them to stop disrupting the neighbourhood.

The resident said: “We have seen so many near-misses and things are getting really dangerous. One of the riders didn’t see a group of schoolchildren and he nearly ploughed into them. A dog walker ran after him and he just sped off and stuck two fingers up - they don’t care because they know they can get away with it.”

Neighbours said they have reported the issue to Rugby Police, the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) and Rugby Borough Council, but said no action has been taken.

“Once or twice a police car has driven to the end of the road, turned around, and then driven off - it’s pointless,” the resident said.

Neighbours said they contacted Rugby Borough Council to discuss the possibility of barriers being installed to prevent bikers from entering the park. A spokesman for Rugby Borough Council said: “We are currently reviewing the entrances to Burnside open space but, due to the size and layout of the park, the cycle path which runs through it and the need to maintain disabled and maintenance access, we have limited options in terms of restricting access.”

The SNT was unavailable for comment.