ILLEGAL off-road vehicles in forests around Aberystwyth are a “growing problem” and will be targeted by police following a “number of complaints”.
The Cambrian News reported “Dyfed-Powys Police and Natural Resources Wales carried out a joint operation to clamp down on people illegally using vehicles on forest tracks, bridleways and paths.
Action was taken in response to complaints from forest users including cyclists, walkers and horse riders, as well as forestry operations and contractors. During the day, two motorbike riders were issued with Section 59 warnings – which means if they are found to be riding off road again in future their vehicles could be seized.
PCSO Christopher Tipper, of the Aberystwyth Rural Neighbourhood Policing team, said: “This operation was planned following reports and complaints from people who want to enjoy the area, but are being affected by others riding vehicles illegally.
“It forms part of a wider policing strategy, where regular checks are made by both police and Natural Resources Wales officers, and further operations are being planned in the near future as we continue to take action.”
Hannah Wilson, Natural Resources Wales’ land management officer for Ceredigion said: “We look after some fantastic sites where people can get outside and enjoy the beauty of the natural environment.
“But illegal off-roading is a growing problem in our forests, causing damage to footpaths, bridleways and mountain bike trails” here.