Northumbria Police has launched a specialist squad of officers to tackle motorcycle theft in the area.
It is reported that over 100 motorcycles have been stolen in two months alone. Many of the bikes go on to be used in petty crimes such as theft. The rise in bike theft has followed a rise in a similar crime in London. Many of the individuals involved are thought to be as young as 13 and 14-years-old.
Det Chief Insp Paul Knox, said: “This is a big problem for us now. It’s getting out of control and it’s a real concern.
“It’s only a matter of time before somebody gets hurt, either a member of the public, another road users or one of the kids themselves. We are not in London, but London started somewhere.”