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Police hail rural off-roading crackdown a success

The multi-agency off-roading team
Dyfed-Powys Police have joined forces with other agencies to fight off-roading

Police have hailed a crackdown on illegal off-roading a success after a number of vehicles were stopped in Powys.

Officers checked 23 vehicles on a route popular with motorcyclists and 4x4 drivers in the Elan Valley, near Rhayader.

Two fixed penalty notices were issued for driving using a mobile phone and for no registration plate.

A warning was issued after officers seized a small amount of cannabis.

Dyfed-Powys Police said they used "intelligence, photography and unmarked vehicles" to catch drivers straying off the public highway onto private and sensitive areas.

Officers worked with other agencies in Operation Rover, which centred on a byway known as Cwmddauddaw Hill in the Elan Valley.

Sergeant Rob Griffiths of Dyfed-Powys Police said: "It's been challenging to bring together the various agencies and create this effective partnership.

"But it has been worth it. This successful multi-agency approach has generated constructive projects to isolate and identify the illegal and irresponsible minority.

"The vast majority of vehicle users are responsible citizens who join clubs or local associations to find out where and when they can use them legally.

"However, there is a minority who will not take the trouble to find out and end up operating illegally."

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