People have been urged to come forward with information about dirt bikers, often wearing balaclavas, who have been frequenting the roads.

Dangerous dirt bikers have been reported as a particular problem around the Radcliffe area in recent months, with riders often having been found to have driven without valid insurance.

Police from the Radcliffe Neighbourhood team say that this extends into other areas as well and have urged people to come forward.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “Although we have seen some good results so far, and calls to us have decreased since enhanced patrols began in the severely impacted areas in July, we know the problem persists, we’ve seen it!

“Recently, we observed a dirt bike with two youths aboard skip red lights on New Road, narrowly missing a collision with a passing vehicle.

“This bike then failed to stop for police. Last week, we saw one weave in and out of traffic at excess speed on Ainsworth Road.

“Again, it didn’t respond to our request for it to stop.

“The people who drive dangerously on these bikes in this manner will be known in the community.”

Anyone with any information can contact the Radcliffe Neighbourhood Team by leaving a message on 0161 856 8180.

Witnesses can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.