Police to boost patrol in Buxton to combat use of off-road motorbikes

Police have heightened their presence in Buxton following reports of off-road motorised vehicles using public footpaths.

By Rahmah Ghazali
Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 11:38 am
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 12:57 pm

Buxton Police Safer Neighbourhood Team said the team have been covering the bridleways, pathways and fields in and around Chapel and Whaley to combat the issue.

Bridleways are quite often restricted and not for the use of motorised vehicles and the council has placed signage to warn people not to abuse them.

However, off-road motorised vehicles continue to do so, causing issues for farmers by tearing up their farmland, members of the public using pathways and also wildlife living in the environment.

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Police have heightened their presence in Buxton following reports of off-road motorised vehicles using public footpaths. Picture by Buxton Police SNT.

"The drone unit have been asked to assist in the areas where reports have been made and will be routinely surveying the area to identify hotspots, looking to identify offenders and hopefully help prevent further ongoing issues.

"Protecting our outdoor public spaces is important and it should not be left open to destruction from the few," they said.

A drone is being used to combat the use of off-road motorised vehicles on public footpaths. Picture by Buxton Police SNT