THREE Solihull men, a Smith’s Wood teenager were among six charged with causing public nuisance in connection with a ‘Ride Out’ event that saw off-road bikers run amok on the region’s roads.
It’s alleged all seven were among a large group of lout bikers who took part in an illegal bike rally through Solihull and across Birmingham during a five-hour rampage on June 26 last year.
The men charged are:
Dean Brown, aged 28, from Chelmsley Lane in Chelmsley Wood
Adam Ballanger, aged 24, from Partridge Road in Yardley
Kenneth Kington, aged 32, from Curley Green Way in Sheldon
Andrew Tomlinson, aged 29, from Falmouth Road in Hodge Hill
Moshin Javid, aged 29, from Bromford Lane in Bromford.
Ben O’Reily, aged 26, from Heather Close in Nuneaton
A 17-year-old boy from Smiths Wood, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has also been charged.
They have all been charged with causing public nuisance – an offence which can carry a significant prison sentence – and are set to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on November 17 for a first hearing.
A total of 53 people, including those charged, have been arrested by West Midlands Police – and more than 50 bikes seized – on suspicion of being involved in illegal Ride Out events. The rest remain on police bail awaiting a charging decision from the CPS.
On October 30 the force executed 28 warrants across the region that led to the seizure of 14 off-road bikes and quads.
Inspector Andy Bridgewater, who led the dawn raids, said: “People need to recognise that if they participate in lawless Ride Out events they can expect a knock on the door from the police, we will seize their bikes and they can prepare for a day in court.”