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Police target Peak District off-roaders

Police in Derbyshire's Peak District reported 13 people for summons after an operation to target off-road riders.

During the one-day crackdown in Pindale, officers stopped more than 70 drivers of 4x4s, quad bikes and off-road motorbikes.

Ten riders were given notices after their bikes fell below legal standards to be on the road and another three had no tax, insurance or MOT.

Pc Kevin Lowe from Derbyshire Police said it was vital to protect the area.

'Rogue element'

"The Peak District National Park is here for everyone to enjoy. However many local residents have raised concerns at the regular meetings and have asked the police to take action against riders and drivers of off-road vehicles who are not using their vehicles legally," said Pc Lowe.

"It is recognised there is a rogue element of off-roaders who spoil people's lawful off-road pursuits and have no respect for the Peak District National Park or the quality of life for local residents."

During the action day, which was part of Operation Blackbrook which helps to protect the national park, advice was given to all drivers and riders about their rights and responsibilities.

The thirteen riders will appear before magistrates in due course, a Derbyshire Police spokesperson said.

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