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Country Park visitors urged to report illegal off-road bikers

Date issued: 05 February 2018

Colchester Borough Council is urging the public to report any sightings of off-road bikers entering High Woods Country Park.

The illegal use of off-road bikes has increased in the area, in recent months, posing an obvious danger to park users, shattering the peace, and damaging parkland and pathways.

It is illegal to ride off road vehicles, such as quads, scramblers or mini-motos, on any public spaces in Colchester. This includes parks, pavements, waste ground or parkways.

Anyone who witnesses off-road vehicles in High Woods Country Park is advised to report them to the Police non-emergency 101 number and then inform the ranger staff on 01206 853588.

They should also make a note of the rider's clothing, the vehicle registration number or type of off-road vehicle if there is no registration plate, the location, and the name and address of the rider if known.

Cllr Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said: "This activity is dangerous, antisocial and irresponsible, and negatively impacts park visitors and local residents' quality of life.

"Any information that helps us crack down on nuisance bikes is welcome, so I would encourage members of the public to report any offences to the police 101 number as well as our Park Rangers.

"The message should be clear to anyone thinking of using illegal vehicles to ruin the peace and tranquillity of our beautiful park -- that, where appropriate, we will take robust action against those responsible.