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Motorbike seized by Kent Police during A21 clampdown

A motorbike has been seized by police after they discovered its owner had no licence.

Marked and unmarked patrols carried out speed and traffic checks along various parts of the A21, near Tunbridge Wells, on Monday where they stopped 27 bikes during the course of the day and 12 offences were identified by officers.

Police stop a quad bike rider. Picture: Kent Police
Police stop a quad bike rider. Picture: Kent Police

These included careless driving, speeding and having no tax or insurance and one bike was seized, as the owner was unlicenced.

Officers from the force’s Roads Policing Unit focused mainly on the coast-bound carriageway where, traditionally, large numbers of bikers often travel towards Hastings as part of the annual May Day Run.

Even though this year’s event did not take place, several hundred motorcycles, including quad bikes, used the route and mobile patrols paid particular attention to the Lamberhurst Bypass. It is an area known to attract high speeds and concerns from nearby residents.

The multi-agency operation was assisted by Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

District commander for Tunbridge Wells, chief inspector Omid Changizi, said: “We are aware of a number of concerns raised and complaints made in relation to this busy road and the speed of motorcycles, as well as related noise.

They stopped 27 bikes in total on Monday. Picture: Kent Police
They stopped 27 bikes in total on Monday. Picture: Kent Police

“With lockdown measures continuing to ease and traffic volumes returning to normal levels, operations such as this play an important part in targeting vehicles which may be driving dangerously.

“Speed limits are there for a reason and we will continue to, not just to enforce the law, but to encourage people to think about their driving and the effect it can have on fellow motorists, as well as to the wider community.”

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