A new date has been announced for the postponed Leeds Fight Motorcycle Theft meeting. The previous arrangements were postponed due to the availability of West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor, Alison Lowe. The rescheduled meeting will now take place on Saturday 11th November.
Motorcycle theft in the West Yorkshire Police area continues to increase. According to PNC data, bike thieves were 16% more active in the first half of 2023 compared with the same period in 2022. West Yorkshire has seen double the national average increase.
MAG aimed to hold a public meeting with DMPC Alison Lowe and West Yorkshire Police earlier in the year but unfortunately the meeting had to be postponed. The rescheduled date has now been announced: Saturday 11th November.
MAG’s Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown, said:
“I do believe that these meetings help to raise awareness and understanding of the scale of the issue riders face. There are local variations and complexities to be considered, but the fundamental lesson is that more needs to be done to tackle the issue. Motorcycle theft is far from a victimless crime: it is an enabler for a range of further criminal activity. The impacts are far ranging for all parts of society. The frustrations and anger amongst the legitimate riding community is growing and we need to see a more robust response from the authorities.”
The meetings are free to attend and open to all. MAG encourages as many riders as possible to attend. We need to push home the message that we want to see the tide turn against this increasing criminality. MAG’s Yorkshire region activists have done great work getting more secure parking infrastructure in Leeds and engaging with Councils and West Yorkshire Police. But more can – and should – be done by all stakeholders. Our work will continue and hopefully we will increase support for our efforts from the DMPC with this meeting.
Event details can be found here: