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Northumbria Police gift warning over mini-motos

Miniature motorcycle (picture from Kent Police)
Image caption Police said miniature motorcycles were not toys

Northumbria Police has advised parents against buying mini motos for their children at Christmas, unless they have a safe and legal place to ride them.

As they are motor vehicles they must be taxed, insured and, if over three years old, have a valid MoT certificate.

Otherwise they can only be ridden off-road on private land with the landowner's permission.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said that people should think carefully and not make an expensive mistake.

He said: "It's important people know they are not toys. They are motor vehicles and should be treated as such.

"It could be a Christmas present which can't be used properly or safely."

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