Parents are being urged to think twice before buying their children mini motorbikes this Christmas.
The bikes, also known as ‘pit bikes’, ‘peewees’ or ‘go peds’, can cost upwards of £500 and there is concern that parents are buying them without being aware of the restrictions on where they can be ridden and the consequences of their misuse.
Riders have to be over the age of 16, hold an appropriate licence and be properly insured and registered.
The bikes can only be used on private land and the council, in partnership with the police, have cracked down on those caught riding them on roads, and in parks and other public spaces where they can be deemed a nuisance and a danger to the public.
Bikes can be seized, and release fees and fixed £80 penalty fees are payable in such instances.
If you see someone using a bike in the road, park or public place, you can report them to the Councils Ranger Patrol Service by calling 01895 239 241.