Clampdown on illegal bikers

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Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) staff are working with Police Scotland to clamp down on rogue motor bikers in woodlands around Aberdeen.

The move – which covers Countesswells, Foggieton, Tyrebagger and Kirkhill woods - comes following reports from members of the public of dangerous driving on tracks and trails that are frequented by walkers – including families with buggies.

Dan Cadle, for the FES team in the area said;

“These woodlands are visited by 150,000 people every year and unless we stop these bikers from using the trails illegally, someone will get seriously hurt.

“The narrow trails are designed for walkers of all ages, as well as cyclists and horseriders and are totally inappropriate for motor bikes.

“We will be monitoring key access points with CCTV and Police Scotland staff will be patrolling these woodlands but we really need members of the public to help.

“I would ask that anyone witnessing motor bikers using forest trails illegally should report it to Police Scotland on the 101 number and or address their concerns directly to Forestry Enterprise Scotland on 0300 067 6200.”

People should give as much detail as possible – what were the bikers doing, what were they wearing, any distinguishing features – and quote “Operation Trinity” when phoning to make sure that their call is passed to the right location.

Riding motorbikes on any land in Scotland is an offence without the landowner’s permission. Forest Enterprise Scotland does not grant permission for any such activities in woodlands around Aberdeen.

Bikers are recommended to stay legal by joining a recognised club such as the Bon Accord Motorcycle Club.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.