Dirt bikes seized from youths after mayhem on south Auckland roads

  • 28/04/2023
Police seized three dirt bikes.
Police seized three dirt bikes. Photo credit: Police

A group of youths have been arrested and their dirt bikes seized after a series of dangerous driving incidents in south Auckland. 

Five youths, aged between 12 and 14, have since been referred to Youth Aid Services and forbidden to drive. A man has also appeared in court.

The arrests come after an incident on April 20 where three youths on a moped failed to stop for police on Great South Rd, Papakura. They were taken into custody at a nearby address.

The following day, two youths were apprehended following an incident on Birdwood Ave, after failing to stop for Police. 

A further arrest was made after police spotted a motorbike without registration plates on Dominion Rd, Papakura on April 26. The driver initially fled from Police but was later taken into custody and has since been charged with failing to stop and receiving stolen property.

He has since appeared in the Papakura District Court.

A total of three dirt bikes were seized.

Counties Manukau South Area Commander Inspector Joe Hunter said police are working hard to ensure communities are kept safe.

"We will continue to actively target those involved in anti-social and criminal activity," he said in a statement.

"All contain such unnecessary risk for the riders themselves, which they extend out to community through their driving behaviours."

Insp Hunter said local communities are needed to help police address unlawful dirt bike riding in our region.

"Anyone with further information relating to dirt bike riders illegally on our roads are asked to help police by phoning 111 if it is happening now and 105 after the fact."

Police also note an investigation remains ongoing regarding a large group of dirt bike riders who were driving throughout parts of Auckland on Anzac Day.

The public can also report matters online by going to https://www.police.govt.nz/use-105, make a report through Community Roadwatch on the police website and contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.