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Operation Soteria: West Tamworth road safety blitz with police squads, highway patrol, PolAir and council leads to arrests and investigations | The daily leader of the North

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A SPECIAL police operation targeting road traffic offenders in West Tamworth has revealed stolen and speeding motorbikes as well as drivers who were allegedly caught without helmets or licences. A teenager is due to appear in Tamworth Children’s Court on Tuesday after Operation Soteria police arrested a 16-year-old boy on New Years Day because he was allegedly seen speeding on an orange motorbike and black. Officers claim the teenager did not have a license and attempted to flee on foot before police chased and arrested him. The police investigation would have revealed that the motorcycle had been stolen. The teenager was charged with reckless driving, driving a stolen vehicle and driving without ever having a licence. He was released on bail. Operation Soteria was launched in December as a joint operation between Police, Highway Patrol and Tamworth County Council (TRC) in response to a number of accidents and reports of dangerous driving. READ ALSO: A two-day road blitz on Wednesday and Thursday last week saw a PolAir helicopter, the Western Region Law Enforcement Team, the High Risk Domestic Violence Team and the TRC working with the Operation Soteria police. Police are looking for two people after a red Honda dirt bike and a green Kawasaki motorcycle were caught by cops driving dangerously without a helmet around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Officers attempted to stop the bikes on Green Street, Kenny Drive, Warral Road and Sussex Street, but the bikers allegedly escaped police. The red dirt bike was later found in a Hillvue home and seized for forensic examination. Operation Soteria police were also called on January 4 after three motorbikes – two Hondas and a Yamaha – were stolen from a business on Goonoo Goonoo Road. Police have urged members of the public to come forward if they have any information about any incidents or dash cam footage. Operation Soteria police are planning further road safety blitzes over the summer. Residents are encouraged to report if they spot anything and to drive carefully. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: