Two arrests have been made following an incident on Halloween when a group of youths drove erratically around the centre of Leeds in a ‘Mad Max’-style ride out on motorcycles, scooters and quad bikes.
Police were forced to close Kirkstall Road in order to dispel the group, causing traffic chaos across Leeds.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that as many as 50 riders were involved in the chaos with a large scale police reaction taking place.
A police helicopter was seen flying over the action, before the police closed off the road. The group had earlier been seen speeding through Briggate in city centre and in areas Hyde Park.
West Yorkshire Police received over 200 calls about the bikers between 4pm and 9pm on Monday evening. A spokesman reported that the gathering had been organised on social media, where the chaos was captured by onlookers and posted on Twitter.
Detective Sergeant Mark Atkinson, of Leeds District CID, said: “This incident caused an understandably high level of public concern and we are continuing to progress our enquiries and expect to make further arrests.
“We would also like to reiterate our warning to people to think very carefully about the consequences of taking part in unofficial gatherings like this that cause disruption and threaten public safety.”
“Two arrests have been made in connection with the incident.”
One 26-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday, and has subsequently been released on bail. On Thursday morning a 30-year-old man was also arrested and a vehicle was seized on suspicion of
Frazer Sparham, a third-year Graphics student, said: “They went past my house and there were loads of them, they were even riding on the pavements. There was dirt bikes, motorbikes, all sorts.”
Christopher Tobin and Sarah Berry