Motorcycle seized in Northampton after owner ignored first warning issued by police

The owner had already been warned several days earlier that would happen if a second warning was issued within a year of the first

Wednesday, 21st October 2020, 4:29 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st October 2020, 4:51 pm
This motorcycle was seized by police in Rectory Farm, Northampton on Monday (October 19) after the driver was already given a Section 59 warning.

A motorcycle was seized by Northamptonshire Police on Monday (October 19) in Rectory Farm, Northampton after the rider was spotted a second time driving without any insurance.

The first warning was issued against the motorcycle by police on October 11 when it was sighted by police community support officers in Fellmead Road, Northampton. The pillion passenger was not wearing a helmet and the rider, when stopped, admitted to not having a full motorcycle license. Furthermore, there were no L plates being displayed on the motorbike and the vehicle was uninsured.

The warning was issued under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002, which allows police to give drivers a warning if they have used their vehicle in a manner that causes “alarm, distress or annoyance.” If reported to have done so again within a year, police have the right to confiscate said vehicle.

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The owner of the motorcycle was informed that, if a second Section 59 Warning was issued against the bike within 12 months of the first warning, the bike would be seized. Officers advised the rider to put L plates on the bike and get it insured.

The next day (October 18), the bike was seen again by police being ridden in Talavera Way still not showing any insurance.

The following day (October 19), the motorcycle was seized in Crowthorp Road, Northampton.