Arrests target dirt bike danger


Benjamin Millar

Police have arrested two unlicenced dirt bike riders as part of their investigation into groups of riders menacing pedestrians and drivers around Melton and Moorabool in recent months.

North West Metro Region officers have charged two men as part of Operation Achilles after executing search warrants in Melton, Darley and Maddingley last Monday morning.

Police seized a dirt bike, multiple mobile and electronic devices as well as motorcycle clothing and helmets.

The warrants relate to reports of large groups of dirt bike riders allegedly riding in an extremely dangerous manner over the last few months.

Police allege the dangerous acts include riding on footpaths at speed and forcing pedestrians out of the way, riding on freeways and deliberately blocking traffic, and blocking traffic at intersections while performing dangerous stunts.

A 21-year-old from Maddingley and an 18-year-old from Melton South were both charged with several offences, including conduct endangering persons, driving without a licence, use unregistered motor vehicle and drive in a dangerous manner.

Both males were bailed to appear at Sunshine Magistrates’ Court on April 1 next year.

Acting senior sergeant Dean Pickering said police are working their way through “a significant volume of evidence” and can guarantee that it is only a matter of time before they make more arrests.

“This behaviour is not just a bit of fun – this is serious criminal offending and the chances of serious injury to the general public and the riders themselves is very high,” he said.

“Parents who are buying these bikes for their kids need to know full well the dangerous way they are being ridden, and that it could lead to devastating consequences.”

Anyone with information about illegal hoon activity is asked to come forward and report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via