Operation to catch riders on military land

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A CRACKDOWN has been launched on people riding motorcycles illegally on Ministry of Defence land.

Hampshire police has joined forces with the MoD police and its estate team to work together to identify and prosecute people.

People riding motorbikes off-road and without the land owner’s permission are committing an offence under section 34 of the Road Traffic Act.

They are also liable to receive a warning under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act which states that if the driver uses any vehicle in an anti-social manner within the next 12 months the vehicle may be seized.

Many MoD sites in the county are Sites of Special Scientific Interest as they are home to rare plants and wildlife.

Anyone who causes damage to one of these protected sites could be fined up to £20,000.

Since the operation began, six men, aged between 17 and 23, have been arrested for riding on MoD land in the Bordon area.

Police community support officer John Terry, from Hampshire police, said: ‘Most of these people are riding without a licence, without helmets and without much common sense.’

Anyone with information should call police on 101.