Illegal riding at sand dunes and beaches in police spotlight

Signage is going up as part of Operation Scrambler.
Signage is going up as part of Operation Scrambler.

Action is being taken to stop off-road motorbikes and quad bikes from riding on sand dunes and beaches along a section of the Northumberland coast.

Operation Scrambler is a joint partnership between Northumbria Police, Northumberland County Council and the National Trust, focusing on the area between Alnmouth and Cresswell.

Some of this land is owned by the council, while other sites belong to the National Trust.

Sergeant Ian Forster, of the Rural Morpeth and Amble neighbourhood policing team, said: “Riding motorbikes and quad bikes in this area causes damage to these natural habitats and huge annoyance to other members of the public who have come for a nice day out.

“It is an offence to ride a motorbike or quad bike on land without the landowner’s permission.

“Further signage is being put up showing that riding motorbikes and quad bikes is prohibited.”

There will be extra patrols along the coastal area and when people are caught, they will be issued with a Section 59 warning, which is part of the Police Reform Act of 2002.

If the same person or same vehicle is caught for a second time in similar circumstances by police, then they will have their vehicle seized and taken away.

Anyone who sees motorbikes or quad bikes being unloaded or ridden in the sand dunes and beaches between Alnmouth and Cresswell is encouraged to report it, via 101.