VIDEO: Moment Dundee dirt biker tore across public path beside Kingsway

This footage shows the moment a youth on a dirt bike tore across a public path next to Dundee’s busiest road.

Police were called after the motorbiker was spotted taking to pavements and green spaces around the Kingsway West Retail Park on Saturday between 8pm and 9pm.

He was filmed by a passerby riding across a walkway at speed where the Kingsway meets Clepington Road.

Officers said they were called to the area after being made aware of “anti-social behaviour” caused by youths on motorcycles on neighbouring Charlotte Street on Saturday.

By the time police arrived the culprits were nowhere to be seen.

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The off-road biker near the Kingsway West Retail Park.

It comes after off-road bikers were labelled “dangerous and irresponsible” following a string of incidents around Camperdown Park, Templeton Woods, Downfield and Clatto Country Park in recent times.

Tayside Police Division has for several years been clamping down on anti-social and illegal use of the vehicles through Operation Challenge.

A spokeswoman for the force said: “Police Scotland received reports of anti-social behaviour by youths on motorbikes at Charlotte Street, Dundee, on Saturday evening around 9pm.

“Tayside Division has been running Operation Challenge for a number of years.  This is a multi-agency response targeted at individuals who cause a nuisance and a danger within their communities through the anti-social and illegal use of motorbikes and similar vehicles.

“We have support from the Dundee Community Safety Partnership and, working together, we undertake intelligence gathering, patrolling of hotspot areas and diversionary work through school inputs.

“We would ask the public to support the partnership in its work by contacting the police or Dundee City Council community safety warden service with sightings and information concerning the anti-social or criminal use of motorbikes.

“Anyone caught committing these crimes will be charged and reported and their vehicles will be seized.”

Lochee councillor Charlie Malone said joyriding incidents have been on the rise in Dryburgh and Charleston.

He added: “It has been raised by me a number of times. We are aware of these situations. Residents have been calling for ages for something to be done.

“When we were doing the election campaign, road safety in Charleston and Dryburgh come up most, particularly in reference to joyriding — that and bins.

“People were saying it is a death waiting to happen on the roads. They (motorbikers) come from the parks, just kind of using Dryburgh in particular as a circuit there. It is definitely a recurring problem.”

The Labour councillor added he had held discussions with the police about the issue, adding that “road calming measures” may help alleviate concerns.

Anyone who spots anti-social, illegal or dangerous use of motorbikes should contact police on 101.