Officers tackle illegal and anti-social use of off-road motorcycles in Kincardine and Mearns

Officers from the Kincardine and Mearns Community Policing Team are conducting an operation to tackle anti-social behaviour related to the use of off-road motorbikes in area following concerns and complaints which have been raised by the local community and Forestry Commission Scotland.

Police Scotland is working in partnership with the Commission to tackle the use of off road motorcycles and illegal driving in and around the forestry areas, including Fetteresso, Durris and Drumtochty forests. This antisocial behaviour has been identified by the public as problematic throughout the summer months, particularly at weekends. The operation will run until September

The initiative will involve high visibility patrols of the areas, where officers engage with residents and address their concerns about general driving standards as well as particular offences committed including no insurance and driving vehicles anywhere other than a road.

PC Fay Macleod, who organised the operation, says: “This type of antisocial behaviour is not only illegal, but also dangerous and can cause significant disruption and distress to other members of the public and animals. Many people derive great pleasure from the natural beauty which the north east has and it is unfortunate that some people spoil this through their selfish actions. Illegal vehicle use can also result in those responsible being reported to the Procurator Fiscal for relatively serious road traffic offences, as well as potentially having their vehicles seized.

“The owners and users of these off road vehicles may not realise that many of the laws and regulations which apply to normal road vehicles also apply to them. The matter of not having the landowners’ permission, not having a driving licence, motor insurance and a test certificate are ones which officers will encounter if people are not educated on the use of these machines.

“We are hoping for positive feedback mainly from the residents of these areas as well as educating drivers responsible for this. Anyone with information about the illegal use of off-road motorcycles is encouraged to call Police Scotland on 101.”

Calum Murray from the Forestry Commission Scotland said: “We can’t be everywhere all the time and the eyes and ears of the public will be a great help in tackling this anti-social behaviour.

“On no account should anyone place themselves at risk by tackling these bikers but a timely phone call to report an incident could make all the difference to helping nip this in the bud.”