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Police warn of mini moto danger
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Illegal quad bike riders face prosecution
Parents buying trendy gifts for children this Christmas could face problems, warn Cumbria Police.

Riders of mini motorcycles, quad bikes and off-road bikes have to abide by a whole host of legal requirements which many parents may not be aware of.

Police warn that these cannot be ridden on public routes, and permission must be sought for use on private land.

The worst-case scenario could result in children being stopped from using their gifts and having them confiscated.

Anyone caught riding the vehicles illegally could face prosecution, and the penalty for riding on open land, the sand dunes or on the beach carries a fine of up to 5,000.

Pc Jan Beard of the Kendal Community Team said: "Don't buy a mini-moto for a child unless you have access to private land where they can drive safely and within the law.

"Even there, our advice is that all users should wear a helmet and bear in mind the potential nuisance that could be caused to others.

"If you use your vehicle in a manner which constitutes an offence or is deemed to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to the public on or off the road, your vehicle can be seized."

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