Warning over off-road nuisance motorbikes in Doncaster

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Dearne youngsters who get an off road motorbike for Christmas are being warned not to use them in illegal areas.

Every year there is an increase in the number of bikes seized by police and council.

Officers say this is because young people believe they can be ridden on tracks, byways, parklands and school fields.

But the authorities are warning it is illegal and is often a big cause of anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Joe Blackham, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for enforcement, said: “We are not against people riding motorbikes as long as it is safely and of no nuisance to others.

“Clearly, riding the bikes along public footpaths and the like is illegal.

“For this reason, Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Police do have the powers to permanently seize bikes - around 50 are seized each year - and take action if bikes are being ridden illegally.

“But, we want to try and prevent it getting to this stage and encourage users to ride them on purpose built tracks.”

The council has the power to seize nuisance off road motorbikes under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.