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'Supercharged' mobility scooter seized in Doncaster

Supercharged mobility scooter
Image caption The supercharged mobility scooter was described as a "feat of engineering"

A mobility scooter converted to be driven by a supercharged petrol engine has been seized by council officers in South Yorkshire.

Officials at Doncaster Council said the scooter, normally used by people with mobility problems, had been causing a nuisance in the area.

The vehicle had been ridden at speeds of up to 60mph in field scaring wild deer and annoying residents.

The 24-year-old rider of the machine was stopped and the vehicle seized.

Councillor Cynthia Ransome, who is responsible for Communities on Doncaster Council, said the machine was a "feat of engineering".

She said: "Whilst it may look like a lot of fun to ride, this type of noisy vehicle annoys residents immensely and terrifies local wildlife and walkers.

"We don't want to stop people having fun and this is obviously quite a feat of engineering, but when they build machines like this they should be used at licensed tracks and not in areas where they annoy others."

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