Plea to help save Stevenage club

A CLUB set up by police to help combat anti-social behaviour from youths riding mini motos illegally and dangerously on roads and public areas could be wound up if a new venue is not found soon.

Members of the Mini Moto Club currently meet once a month between March and October at Marriotts School in Stevenage.

But major work to rebuild the school and to relocate Lonsdale School on the Marriotts site is set to get under way in the new year, so club members are appealing to anyone who may be able to help with an alternative venue.

The club was set up in 2008 by Stevenage Youth Crime Reduction Officer PC Paul Lawlor, after the miniature motorbikes started to become an anti-social problem in the town.

Not only were the machines being illegally ridden on roads and through public parks, but they were causing a danger to pedestrians, other road users, and the riders themselves. Some of the bikes were also cheap imports and not fit for purpose.

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To date, the club has 39 members aged between six and 16, and six voluntary instructors coach, marshal, and maintain the club’s bikes.

PC Lawlor said: “The club provides a safe environment for young people to enjoy moto riding legally, and the popularity of the club has doubled since last season.

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“These events truly do have a positive impact on our community. We would very much like to see the club continue to thrive but we need your help to achieve this.”

If you know of a non-residential venue with a Tarmac area, no smaller than two tennis courts, that has an element of security where equipment can be stored, then call PC Lawlor on 01438 757176 or email him at

Also, if you are interested in becoming a voluntary marshal at the club, email your details via the club’s website:

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