Motorbikes give locals a noisy rev-up



THIS is one of the young motorbike riders revving up residents, like Alf Butcher, near Kershaw Gardens.

The riders are using the gardens illegally and Mr Butcher, a motorbike enthusiast himself who lost his right arm in a car crash, is not just worried about noise problems.

"I worry someone is going to have an accident soon,'' he said.

"They shouldn't be there, they're not supposed to be in the gardens.

"They're noisy, sometimes you can hear them at six or seven in the morning.''

The motorcyclist, 18, who yesterday allowed The Morning Bulletin to take his photo but would not reveal his name, made no apologies for riding at the gardens.

He said he was unaware it was upsetting nearby residents. "There was one lady who asked me not to ride through near her house and I haven't gone back there,'' the teenager, who recently shelled out $11,000 for his new bike, said.

"I mainly only ride through to go to friends. It would be good to have some sort of facility where we could ride.''

The man, who dislocated his shoulder in a bike accident, said he was conscious of other people in the gardens and was not a danger to them.

Other nearby residents said yesterday the problems had only started recently.

"It's the first time I've really noticed them,'' Daren McMullen said.



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