Vigilant officers form Northumbria Police recovered a stolen quad bike during a routine stop in Ponteland.
The two PCs stopped the motorist on North Road at 11.30pm on Thursday, June 2, as part of their normal patrol. When they examined the Honda quad bike and checked the police database, they found it was stolen.
The driver had a receipt and paperwork on him. He had just bought the bike online in good faith for £2,000 from a man in Cumbria who claimed he had owned it for a year. Cumbria Constabulary was alerted and inquiries into the theft are continuing.
Northumbria Police has offer the following advice for anyone buying a second hand quad bike.
• Buyers should physically check the equipment before any purchase is made, check the full chassis and frame number is fixed correctly and that it has not been interfered with. If you have any suspicions this has been tampered with, you should contact the police.
• Never agree to meet on neutral ground, which is clearly not a dealer, company premises or sellers home, such as car parks, industrial units or service stations.
• Try to find out the history of the vehicle, such as genuine service and maintenance details and DVLA V5C – this is a good indication that the quad bike has been taken care of.
• Look for any evidence of previous ownership such as a post code marking or telephone number, if there are any conduct checks with the previous owner to make sure it has not been stolen.
• To help prevent anyone buying a stolen a stolen quad, the DVLA offers an ‘off-road register’ for off-road quad bikes. No costs are involved and all vehicles are given a ‘Q’ prefix registration number.