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Officers work to tackle nuisance off-road bikes and vehicles in the Derbyshire Dales

Posted on 11th June 2015
Bakewell Op Blackbrook 1 - June 2015

Safer Neighbourhood officers in the Derbyshire Dales are working to tackle nuisance off-road vehicles and bikes around local beauty spots.

Sergeant Andy Wordsworth and PC Ian Hyde from the Bakewell, Sheldon and Over Haddon Safer Neighbourhood Team went out to patrol countryside routes on Saturday, June 6.

They visited Leys Lane in Great Longstone, the Long Causeway at Stanage Edge and Riley Lane near Pretty Wood, Eyam as part of Operation Blackbrook.

The initiative aims to target illegal vehicle usage taking place on footpaths and restricted byways.

Officers chatted to off-road users about the potential damage caused by their actions, including to the terrain and for other people including walkers. They engaged with passers-by to find out their views and encouraged them report any incidents to local officers. One motorbike rider was also ticketed for contravening a Traffic Regulation Order.

Sergeant Andy Wordsworth who is in charge of Safer Neighbourhood policing in the area said: “We are pleased with the response we received from both off-road riders and walkers enjoying the countryside on Saturday.

“It is important for us to stress to nuisance off-road vehicle drivers and motorbike riders how their actions can have a long-lasting impact on the Derbyshire Dales countryside by making it inaccessible to some people and causing damage to the  scenery.

“We will continue to monitor the areas at peak times and carry out high visibility patrols in the bid to deter this issue in the future.”

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