Vehicles seized

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POLICE in Bradwell have seized two mini motos after they were being ridden on the road without insurance.

Officers on patrol came across the bikes at around 7.30pm on Wednesday, May 16 on Brookside.

Enquiries revealed that both mini motos were unregistered and uninsured.

PCSO Anthony Boswell of the Hathersage Area Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The last thing we want to do is spoil people’s fun but we do receive reports from residents about nuisance bikes and they can be quite dangerous if used illegally.”

Mini motos are miniature, petrol-driven motorcycles and scooters including go-peds, and scrambler bikes and some can reach speeds of around 60mph.

It is illegal to use a mini moto in public parks, open spaces, or on footpaths and bridleways.

Under 16s are only allowed to ride mini motos on private land with the permission of the landowner and anyone over the age of 16 can also ride them on the road if they have the correct licence and the vehicle is registered, insured and is roadworthy.

PCSO Boswell added: “We would encourage parents to make sure they are aware of what the law says about using mini motos, where they can and can’t be ridden and make sure your children are aware of the consequences.

“You must also make sure that they have the correct licence, wear the appropriate safety clothing and that the vehicle is both taxed and insured.”

Police officers and PCSOs can seize any vehicle which is being ridden illegally or anti-socially and offenders can also be prosecuted and fined.

To contact the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, or email bakewell.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.