Buxton police tackle off-roaders

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Officers from the Buxton Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team will be teaming up to tackle off-road vehicles after setting the issue as their latest policing priority.

The priority was set after police received reports of land in the Goyt Valley becoming damaged by vehicles travelling illegally along restricted routes.

PCSO Pat Findlay-Wilson from the policing team will be working alongside partner organisations, such as Natural England and the Forestry Commission, to combat motorised vehicle users from damaging land in the Goyt Valley.

Police will be carrying out increased enforcement patrols in rural areas to speak to motorists about the regulations around driving off-road in order to protect the surrounding land.

Alongside increased patrols, signage will also be placed in hot-spot areas to advise motorists about the rules of driving on common land, moorland, restricted byways and land that is not part of a road.

Officers will be seeking to prosecute anyone who is found to be driving on SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) land under the Section 34 of the Road Traffic Act. Other motorists will be dealt with according to the driving offences committed.

To find out more or speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team, call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.