Somerset

Off-roaders damaging ancient woodland in Somerset

An ancient woodland and site of Special Scientific Interest in Somerset is being damaged by 4x4 vehicles and off-road motorcyclists, police have said.

Most of the land at Asham Wood is owned by Hanson UK with the only public right of way a footpath linking Bulls Green and Downhead.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said using the area for off-road driving was unacceptable.

He said anyone caught twice within 12 months risked being prosecuted.

He added: "It's causing huge damage to footpaths and destroying important natural habitats.

"Any driver or rider caught by police will be issued with a warning notice which applies to both the driver and the vehicle.

If they're caught again within 12 months police can seize the vehicle and may prosecute the driver.

"It will cost £200 plus storage fees to reclaim the vehicle," the force spokesman added.

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