Police take action to stop illegal off-roading in Gateshead

09 Feb 2018 19:20 PM

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Northumbria Police and Gateshead Council are aware of a recent trend in people attending Byermoor and Marley Hill quarry sites to ride off-road motorcycles and quad bikes.

These premises have been advertised on social media and through word of mouth as a legal site to ride off-road vehicles, however, this is not the case.

The owner of the land has not given permission for their land to be used for this purpose, and anyone engaging in this activity could be liable to a civil prosecution for trespassing.

Neighbourhood Inspector, Ronnie Lowes said: “Failure to comply with this warning may result in a sizeable fine, penalty points or disqualification, and the seizure and destruction of the vehicle.

“Local police are now aware of the issue, and have taken steps to address this and officers are carrying out regular patrols in the area.”

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