Gardaí in Co Monaghan are appealing for information after a Honda quad was stolen.
The theft occurred in the Ballynure area of Newbliss over the weekend.
Honda quad stolen
In a statement, a spokesperson for Cavan Monaghan Garda Division said:
“The Gardai in Monaghan are appealing for information in relation to the theft of a Honda 450 quad, 2004 model.”
“The quad similar to the one below (stock photo) was taken from a property in the Ballynure area of Newbliss overnight, Sunday, November 14th, into Monday 15th.”
“If you can help, please contact the Gardai in Monaghan on 047 77240,” they concluded.
Bill to deal with anti-social use of quads
Meanwhile, a bill, which will deal with the “menace” of anti-social use of scramblers and quad bikes, is before the Dáil.
The Road Traffic and Roads Bill 2021 will seek to strengthen An Garda Síochána’s powers when dealing with the illegal use of scramblers and quad bikes, including the explicit seizing.
During a recent Dáil debate, several TDs highlighted concerns relating to the misuse of quads and scramblers.
Sinn Féin’s Darren O’Rourke said the party has “consistently called” for action and legislative reform to tackle the “dangerous and illegal” use of these bikes.
He told the house the misuse of scramblers and quad bikes in parks and public spaces, particularly in urban communities, is a “significant” problem.
“Many people feel frightened, unsafe, and intimidated by the rogue use of these scrambler bikes in public areas, which should be shared spaces for everyone to enjoy safely.”
“In addition, there have been very serious incidents, including relatively recently.”
His colleague, deputy Ruairi Ó’ Murchú, said that “we cannot necessarily rely on good manners; that is why we legislate”.
Fianna Fáil’s Cathal Crowe referenced a campaign his college, deputy McAuliffe, led to “fight back against the improper use” of quad bikes.
“I come from a rural constituency. Quad bikes belong on farms. They would be used by farmers. For example, when they are putting down electric fences to keep their sheep penned in.”
“Also, they do not belong in the green areas of housing estates where people use them as if they were in the wild west and do all sorts of stunts on them.”
“They are dangerous. Many farmers have opted not to use them. Suddenly, 14-year-olds are thinking this is the Wild West and that quad bikes are their horse.”
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