POLICE and councillors have vowed to deal with illegal bikers causing havoc in Wickford town centre.

It comes as families call for an increase in patrols as the bikers are accused of tearing around the parks and taking over roads and footpaths.

Barbara Cooper, 50, of Nevendon Road, Wickford said: “These are young yobs on the bikes riding around The Wick, Bradwalk, Tayside and the town centre.

“I don’t think they have licences or any sort of insurance and the bikes have no plates on at all.

“I’ve seen them weaving around walkers and families with children.

“I take my young grandchildren to these areas and worry about being hit or worse.

“It’s now happening each week and I’m worried it’s a matter of time before a serious or fatal crash.”

David Harrison, chairman of Basildon Council’s neighbourhoods and public spaces committee said: “I have been talking to police and they are doing what they can to tackle it.

“The concern is about dangerous and illegal driving.

“It needs an increased police presence to deal with it.”

Sergeant Rob Maile, of Basildon’s Community Policing Team, said:

“We are aware of the antisocial behaviour that these incidents can bring and our officers are working diligently to find those who are responsible for this.

“Working closely with Basildon Council, our teams are working on several enforcement plans and will be increasing patrols in areas like Cranfield Park.

“Although we know these bikes are being used in antisocial behaviour, and that there are a number of driving offences, we thankfully do not believe these vehicles to be linked with any other types of crime.

“With the addition of two new officers to Wickford as part of our Town Centre Team initiative, a more visible presence will act as a deterrent for these offenders.

“If you witness any of these incidents, I would encourage you to call us as they’re happening. Please dial 101 or 999 in an emergency.”