A 13-YEAR-OLD schoolboy suffered leg injuries after being knocked over by a mini-motorbike on his way home from school.

Police are appealing for information following the incident on Monday which occurred near a small wooden footbridge close to Honister Place, at the boating lake in Newton Aycliffe.

The boy was making his way from school on his bicycle at about 3.55pm when the rider of an off-road mini-motorbike drove along the footpath and collided with him, knocking the teenager from his bike.

The rider failed to stop and made off eastbound from the collision, leaving his victim on the grass verge with injuries to his leg.

The rider is described as male, around 5ft 9ins tall and wearing a black t-shirt on, full black biker’s helmet and visor.

The mini-motorbike is described as green and black in colour with black numbers on the side.

The schoolboy returned home and was taken to hospital by ambulance after being assessed by paramedics.

Durham County Councillor for Aycliffe West, Eddy Adam, said nuisance motorbikes were a big issue in the town and appealed for residents to be vigilant and report any sightings to 101.

“There’s an issue in the West park and boating lake area which has been going on for some time and just seems to be a very small group of individuals who are resilient to stop their bad actions,” he said.

Cllr Adam confirmed he, along with other councillors, PCSOs, community wardens and representatives from Livin, had been on a pre-planned walk-about in the area yesterday.

“The police are becoming more vigilant; they have done a tremendous amount of work recently in dealing with issues in other parts of the town and they’ve been able to seize some of the motorbikes,” he added.

“The problem we have is that the bikes are so readily available and so cheap that as soon as you’ve got them seized, it’s only a few weeks before they get another one – we need the community to get together and report these incidents.”

Cllr Adam added: “Clearly something needs to be done because they are a danger to the public and this needs to be stopped.”

  • If you have any information contact the police on 101 quoting incident 0321 of November 28.