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Illegal bikers targeted by South Yorkshire Police

Trans Pennine Trail sign
Police said illegal bikers on the trail were a big problem

Illegal bikers who use the Trans Pennine Trail in South Yorkshire are being targeted in a police crackdown.

Signs have been put up along the walking and cycling trail near Barnsley to warn bikers of the penalties they face if caught riding illegally.

Police said bikers were only allowed to ride off-road or quad bikes if the landowner had given permission.

Any bike seized has to be bought back for £150 and will be crushed if not recovered within 21 days.

Police community support officer Stuart Kiley said: "Illegal bikers using the Trans Pennine Way are a big problem as it causes a general nuisance to members of the public, such as walkers and cyclists, or for anyone that may live close by."



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