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Quad bike and motorbike tracks across the field - Image from the Welham Green Family And Friends Facebook page

“Extensive damage” has been caused to crops on the north-west edge of Welham Green.

The land, between Bush Wood and the A1(M) is managed by staff at Tollgate Farm, who say the damage has been caused by a quad bike and motorbikes being ridden across the field.

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This issue was raised in a post on the Welham Green Family And Friends Facebook page. So far 34 people have commented and the post has been shared 11 times. The original post read:
“Good evening, I’m from Tollgate farm. We farm the field between Bush Wood and the A1(M). We are currently getting extensive damage to our crop from a quad bike and motorbikes riding through the crops. I know many of you enjoy walking around our field at the moment and if you see any motorbikes or quad bikes in the field while you’re there I’d be grateful if you could report it to the police on 101 with a description of the bikes/quads and their riders, or contact me at Tollgate Farm, Colney Heath.”
Quad bike tracks across the field - Image from the Welham Green Family And Friends Facebook page
Quad bike tracks across the field
Image from the Welham Green Family And Friends Facebook page

Several people reported seeing the bikers.
“We were there today, we didn’t see anyone on a quad but there was a group of around eight teenage boys riding around on their bikes and a group of girls sitting on the field. None of them abiding by the social distancing measures.”
“I was in the field adjacent to that one yesterday. There was quad bike plus another bike which looked like a scrambler bike about mid-afternoon.”
“I was there today and I saw part of the damaged that had been done.. Absolutely disgusting and disrespectful..let alone the loss of crop due to the damage.. . I hope they catch them soon.”
“I was in the woods at the top of Dellsome Lane with my son a few days ago and there were two lads on dirt bikes whizzing around and I could hear them in the distance riding in/near fields. They had helmets on so couldn’t see them properly!”
“We saw three young lads on motor cycles riding around the field on Sunday. They were all wearing helmets and were too far away to identify them. Tyre tracks on the path led from Dellsome Lane.”
Another reported seeing the bikers get into a van in Puttocks Drive, Welham Green.

Police posted in another thread on the same page saying they spotted the group from a helicopter which was flying over the area for other purposes.

Police were able to spot the bikers from the air Image from the Welham Green Family And Friends Facebook page
Police were able to spot the bikers from the air
Image from the Welham Green Family And Friends Facebook page
Officers on foot were unable to catch the bikers, but say they found abandoned containers full of petrol which were “taken that away for safekeeping”.

Abandoned fuel containers collected by police near the scene Image from the Welham Green Family And Friends Facebook page
Abandoned fuel containers collected by police near the scene
Image from the Welham Green Family And Friends Facebook page
If anyone has any information about the bikers they are asked to contact the police on 101. The issue is being dealt with by PS (Police Sergeant) Stopford (2577) at Welwyn Hatfield, who says people should ask for the details to be passed on to him.




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