POLICE are taking to their bikes to tackle nuisance off-road riders.
They have been given off-road vehicles of their own to combat the problem - and say illegal bikers are in for a shock if they believe they can get away with causing misery in communities by tearing around off-road.
PC Glenn Sanders said: 'The fact that we are equipped with off-road motorbikes means we can access the majority of areas.
'At this time of year, as the day turns lighter for longer and the school holidays get under way, we traditionally get an increase in calls regarding the misuse of off-road, mini and stolen motorcycles.
'My colleagues and I will be patrolling waste land, playing fields, footpaths, canal towpaths - people should expect to see us in a number of places.'
Those targeted will include riders who are riding illegally and those who are causing harassment, alarm or distress with their biking.
He added: 'Lots of people own mini-motorbikes or scooters; many are not legally covered to ride those vehicles, either because they are too young to hold a licence or because they don't have the necessary legal cover in place.
'A lot think they can get round this by riding their bikes off-road. But the majority of areas are classed as public places and riders need to be covered.
'The only riders who are in the clear are sensible, qualified, riders who are legally covered.'