Police get tough with off road motorcycling
Residents have expressed concern in relation to bikes being ridden on paths, parklands and grassed areas, which has been a seasonal issue in the past.
The Safer Northumberland Partnership is keen to make sure that bikes are used in a sensible and safe manner and that those who do ride bikes do so safely without disturbing members of the public.
Police have already taken action through foot and vehicle patrols and have used video and photographic evidence to identify some offenders. Those riders caught riding off road have either had their bike seized or had notice of the intention to have it destroyed.
Many of the riders have also been reported for motor offences and will have to attend court as a result.
The Partnership is keen to make sure that riders are fully aware of their obligations in order to make sure they are riding safely. To ride a bike on a road it must be constructed for use on the road and ridden only on the road and not in public parks, on pavements, public land, waste land or parkways.
Off road bikes can only be ridden on authorised track and nowhere else.
Police and NCC have said that any information regarding the use of off road bikes can be passed in confidence to them. You can contact Police by telephoning 101 at the time of the incident.
You can also call the anti-social behaviour unit at Northumberland County Council on 0845 600 6400.