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Bikers threaten ecological site

Dunes on Teesside
Anyone damaging the dunes can be fined up to 20,000

Off-road bikers are destroying an area of ecological and scientific interest on Teesside, police have claimed.

The Guisborough sand dunes are home to thousands of ground nesting birds which settle in the marron grass.

Cleveland Police say the dunes are being churned up by the bikers, causing massive damage to the area.

Wildlife liaison officer, Pc Steve Robinson said damaging the dunes broke the Wildlife and Countryside Act and offenders could face a 20,000 fine.

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