POLICE have seized two off-road bikes from riders causing a nuisance in a South Derbyshire village.
The bikes belonging to an 18 and 23-year-old were seized in Melbourne after police found them to be illegal and one of the riders already disqualified from driving.
Derbyshire police said they were also driving without helmets and in such a way as to cause a nuisance in the local community.
PC Chris Fearn, from the Melbourne Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The problem with bikes causing a nuisance in the area has been raised by local residents and we need to try and resolve any issues that affect the quality of life for local people.
“Anyone who owns one of these machines must know how and when to ride safely and legally, and use them responsibly.
“We will not tolerate anyone causing nuisance behaviour with a vehicle and I hope our actions have sent a strong message out. Anyone contemplating the use of an off-road bike in the wrong location will suffer the consequences.”
Police officers and PCSOs can issue a Section 59 warning to riders and drivers for antisocial behaviour, and have the power under Section 165 to seize bikes from anyone caught using them illegally.
To ride quad bikes, mini motos or other off road motorcycles, riders must be over 16 and have a valid driving licence. They must also be insured and the vehicle must have a valid MOT certificate.
Bikes can be used on private land without a licence, insurance or MOT if they have permission from the land owner. It is also an offence to push a motorbike on a road or footpath without insurance, MOT or valid driving licence.