Operation to tackle illegal off-road motorcycles

Following complaints North Wales Police ran an operation last weekend to address concerns regarding off-road bikes and 4x4 vehicles in the counties of Wrexham and Denbighshire.

Despite poor visibility the operation led to a number of 4x4 drivers and motorcyclist being spoken to and four sec.59 Notices issued to riders in the area of Clocaenog Forest.

Sgt Luke Hughes of Wrexham Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Riding off road motorbikes can be very popular – however, these vehicles can also be used in a dangerous, noisy and anti-social way, generating lots of complaints to police.”

“In addition to a safety hazard to both themselves and others, illegal off-roading has a major impact on the environment.”

“There are signs in place, but people are choosing to ignore them. We would like to remind members of the public that anyone found to be undertaking illegal off-road activity on a footpath or bridleway may be liable to prosecution and illegal off-road riders are liable to have their vehicles seized.”

Riders who want to keep within the realms of the law are encouraged to contact their local rights of way officer for information on where they can ride or join one of the many organisations representing riders.

Sgt Hughes added: "We regularly receive complaints concerning the anti-social use of off vehicles, and to help reduce harm to individuals and communities, we will continue to work closely with partner agencies to carry out operations where we take action against those who show no regard for road traffic laws, or those with no respect for the local community and wildlife.”

 “Information received via the public is vital to positive action being taken and we are urging anybody who witnesses the illegal use of motorcycles, off-road or quad bikes in the area to contact us. We would also request that any footage captured is sent to us with as much detail as possible.”

Anyone with information regarding the use of illegal off-road bikes is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. In an emergency always dial 999.