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Off-road motorcyclists putting children's safety at risk, says Swansea head teacher

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

By Richard Youle / richard.youle@swwmedia.co.uk / @YoulePost

Off-road bikers are said to have been venturing on to Cefn Hengoed Community School land.

Off-road bikers are said to have been venturing on to Cefn Hengoed Community School land.

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OFF-ROAD motorcyclists and quad bikers are taunting police and putting children's safety at risk, a meeting has heard.

Cefn Hengoed Community School head teacher Sue Hollister said off-road bikers had been venturing onto school premises at break time.

"It's so dangerous," she told Tuesday night's Bonymaen Pact meeting. "We can't let it carry on as somebody is going to get hurt."

Mrs Hollister also said that netball players competing in a summer league at the nearby leisure centre had to be brought in due to the presence of off-roaders, and that the school sports fields had also been churned up.

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She said Cefn Hengoed, pictured, had the largest school grounds in Swansea. "We are fair game up there because the fields are massive," she said. "It's like a rabbit warren. It's great, it's beautiful — but these are the disadvantages."

Bonymaen's new neighbourhood beat manager, constable Steffan Jones, urged the public to come forward with information.

"We would like to do more," he said, adding that some of the culprits laughed and made rude gestures at officers.

PC Jones said he planned to visit all schools in the area, and suggested that low perimeter fencing could have the desired effect.

Community support officer Amy Morgan added: "Some of the bikers are almost toying with us up there."

When asked if there was an area designated for off-road motorbikes, she replied: "We tried that on Kilvey Hill, but it was scrapped. I think the nearest area for them to drive their bikes legally is Port Talbot."

The meeting heard that Section 59 warnings had been issued to culprits, meaning a further offence could lead to confiscation of the vehicle. Off-road vehicles will also be a Bonymaen Pact priority for the coming weeks.

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  • paul0453  |  May 28 2014, 8:35AM

    katieandchris. Have you got somewhere in mind where they can go?

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  • katieandchris  |  May 27 2014, 10:47PM

    Give them somewhere to go. They could be on roads causing problems

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  • paul0453  |  May 08 2014, 1:23PM

    Report every incident to the police by phoning 101

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  • brochadav  |  May 08 2014, 12:03PM

    Off roaders are a problem all over Bonymaen, Trallwn and Llansamlet. Around here, they drive on parks, on pavements and on a few occassions across my garden. But unless you can identify them, what can you do?

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