SEVERAL motorcyclists have been dealt with by police, thanks to a crackdown on nuisance riding.

Motorcyclists riding in an anti-social or inconsiderate manner in Hitchin are being targeted by the North Herts Community Safety Partnership.

And since police safer neighbourhood teams started carrying out patrols in known problem areas, six people have been caught.

Three motorcyclists riding in an anti-social manner have been officially warned they could have their bikes confiscated and crushed, if caught riding illegally or dangerously again.

It was after they were caught riding on paths across the common.

Riding on any public land, including woodland, parks and fields is illegal.

A further three riders were issued with verbal warnings and had their details taken.

Acting sergeant Bruce Lister, from the roads policing unit, said: “Officers are trying to prevent potentially dangerous situations and to ensure that local residents can enjoy public parks and open spaces safely.

“We will continue to carry out extra patrols across these locations to monitor the situation and will act accordingly.”

The operation was launched at the end of last year, with warning signs on display at locations across North Herts, although legislation applies to the whole county.

Cllr Tricia Cowley, North Herts District Council’s portfolio holder for community engagement, said: “The community have a right to be able to enjoy North Herts public parks and woodland areas without fear of being put at risk from mindless behaviour from a minority of riders.”