Police warning to illegal bikers in north Derbyshire

A motorbike seized by police in Eckington.
A motorbike seized by police in Eckington.
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Off-road motorcyclists are being warned not to use their vehicles in illegal areas.

Officers on special patrols mounted to tackle nuisance bikers causing concerns in Eckington and Renishaw spotted the bike being used.

PCSO Dale Merchant, of the Eckington Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Some local teenagers and young adults may have been given off-road bikes for Christmas and will want to ride them.

“We are not against people riding motorbikes as long as it is safe, legal and of no nuisance to others.

“The best way to do this is to join a riding club or to get permission from a landowner who will allow you to use your bike.”

It is illegal to use off-road bikes on public footpaths, woods, parklands and school fields.

To be used on the road, a rider of an off-road bike should have a licence and the vehicle should be insured and taxed.

PCSO Merchant added: “Our local wooded areas and the Trans-Pennine trail are regularly used by people out walking with their dog or with young children and their safety could be put at risk.

“We will be seizing bikes from people who are using them illegally.”