By Alex Vessey and Sally Burton
MEXBOROUGH’S new “Flying Quad” has been grounded... after CRASHING the new quad bike bought for the town by Mexborough councillors.
And to add insult to injury, the accident happened – in WARMSWORTH!
The bike lasted under six months before a hapless officer – who is not being named – broke it on a rock while riding through a quarry in Doncaster.
He broke a wrist at the same time and the quad is now off the road under repair – as is the officer, who is on restricted duties while the broken bone heals!
The quad was unveiled at a ceremony at Mexborough police station last November.
It was bought for Mexborough SNT by Mexborough councillors Sue Phillips, David Holland and Jill Arkley-Jevons from their budgets.
The trio hoped it would tackle anti-social behaviour in the town.
The bike was described at the launch as “an invaluable tool” by Mexborough Sgt, Jez Fitzgibbons, who has since moved to Doncaster too.
He aimed to use the high-speed machine to pursue criminals in off-road areas, normally out-of-reach on foot or by car.
This week, Coun Sue Phillips questioned why the Mexborough bike was in Doncaster.
She said: “When I heard it had broken, I presumed it had happened in Mexborough.
“I’d like to know how it got to Warmsworth because this bike was bought by us for Mexborough and we’ve got plenty of use for it here!”
“Our councillors’ budget certainly won’t be paying the repair bill.
A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said: “An officer has broken a small bone in his wrist after he hit a large rock whilst riding the quad bike through a quarry in Warmsworth.
“The quad is currently being repaired. It will still be utilised in Mexborough when the repairs are completed.”