Police saw an off-road biker doing wheelies near a children’s park and seized a machete and drugs during a blitz on nuisance riders today.
They also confiscated a bike being ridden by a 14-year-old boy.
The operation involved Staffordshire Police and the National Police Air Service, who flew over several parts of Stoke-on-Trent in a helicopter.
Witnesses contacted StokeonTrentLive to report seeing the distinctive chopper as far afield as Bucknall and Blurton. The aircraft was also tracked circling above the Bentilee area.
It has since emerged that the police were searching for dangerous off-road bikes and anti-social riders.
The biker spotted doing wheelies near a children’s play area has since been detained.
The road policing unit tweeted a picture of the incident, saying: “This ‘dangerous’ rider failed to stop for us. He was swiftly detained – no escape from the off-road bikes!
“He was found in possession of a machete and drugs! No helmet, insurance or licence. Also ‘drug-driving’ and he was seen doing ‘wheelies’ near a children’s park.”
Police also targeted parts of Cannock during the operation, with several riders stopped on suspicion of dangerous driving.
The road policing unit tweeted: “We are stepping it up a gear this year and applying to the courts for deprivation orders following conviction. If granted, these bikes will be destroyed.”