POLICE are warning illegal motorbike riders that they face being prosecuted if caught by police.
In recent weeks officers have received an increase in reports of riders taking their motorbikes to the old coal site in Follingsby Lane and the Follonsby Terrace area.
Police have already stopped a number of people from riding in the area and are issuing a warning to anyone else who is thinking about using the location to ride their bikes.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Sean McGuigan said: “Motorbike disorder causes considerable disruption to the local community and it can be dangerous, especially for pedestrians.
“It is illegal to ride off-road bikes on public land - including roads and in parks. They can only ever be ridden on private land with the landowner’s permission.
“The old coal site is private land and the owners have not given any permission for it to be used, so anyone found on the land could be prosecuted.
“Now we are aware that people are using the area to illegally ride their bikes we will have extra patrols there on evenings and weekends to try and catch people doing this.
“We’re carrying out enquiries to identify those using the area and would ask anyone who has any information to get in contact with us, if members of the public see a bike being ridden irresponsibly or inconsiderately we want to hear from them.
“Descriptions of bikes and helmets are also useful in helping us to identify the riders.”
Anyone with any information about motorbike disorder is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or by email - visit the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk for details.