Young motorcyclists urged to keep off park
Police have warned young motorcyclists who are riding illegally in a country park that their bikes could be seized.
Residents and rangers at Coalville's Snibston Country Park say the riders, who are using motorbikes, scooters and quad bikes, are shattering the peace and risking injury.
Police in the town stepped up patrols and placed warning notices at the entrances to the park, which is just off Ashby Road.
Pc Craig Turner, of the Coalville beat team, said: "What the riders are doing is dangerous not only to themselves but also other park users who risk being run down. The bikes are also very noisy.
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"I'd like to urge parents to make sure young people know where they can and cannot ride.
"As our poster tells them, off-road vehicles can only be used where the rider has permission of the landowner, has legal authority or is using an approved site.
"We'd urge anyone who sees this kind of anti-social activity to report it to us and make a note of any descriptive details including a number plate if they have one."
The 2002 Police Reform Act allows officers to stop people who are riding in an inconsiderate or careless manner.
If they are caught committing the offence within 12 months of the warning their vehicle can be confiscated.
Once the motorbike or mini-moto is removed the owner has to pay £150 to get it back and £10 per day for storage. If it is not collected within 14 days the vehicle will be crushed.