Seems the police in Grassmoor (tiny village in North East Derbyshire) are thinking of using stingers on motorbikes! The local Labour party are pleased with this!
Let’s be clear using a stinger on any bike or scooter is potentially lethal, even at low speeds. The scooter and nuisance motorcycle issues here are generally kids using them on waste ground and parks (not playground parks, areas designated as public land).
The kids also occasionally ride about on un-insured bikes with no helmets. These are not scooter or bike gangs they are kids/teenagers growing up in rurally deprived areas.
Their parents know what they are up to. The community is too small not to.
Ok stingers are long mats that the police roll out in front of cars to burst tyres and slow them down. They are still risky with cars and usually result in a crash. On a bike they are deadly. If your tyre blows out you are off. With small wheeled vehicles such as peds or scooters it is often potentially fatal to the rider, as it is with bigger bikes.
Now fair enough they are causing a nuisance but these are not gangs mugging folk at knife point they are your sons and daughters on a now very restricted path to adulthood.
If my son (who actually hates bikes so won’t be in this position) was to be killed or injured by the police deploying this weapon that should never be used on a bike I would want more than justice.
And how long til the use one on me for some minor offence. We can never give the police the power to be judge and jury. They need admonishing for even suggesting this. Derbyshire police have always seen bikers or anyone on powered 2 wheel vehicles as the enemy. And as for the CLP supporting and praising this vile abuse of policing power, I am truly disgusted beyond words.
They have lost sight of the needs of kids to grow and develop. If they are a nuisance find a way to occupy their minds not damage their bodies.
The police are also stating they will be using drones against these same kids, ‘drones’! Yet no money to send a copper out to an assault or theft! Its pathetic and lazy policing yet again by Derbyshire Police. A quick fix to a problem that needs investment of time and ideas not paramilitary responses.
Thanks for reading,
Jonesy. A very angry Jonesy.