Police target Penicuik off-road bikers

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Police have been clamping down on off-road motorcycling in the Penicuik area.

On Wednesday, July 13, officers targeted land in the Deanburn and Mauricewood Road areas and issued antisocial behaviour warnings to motorcyclists.

Four men, aged between 22 and 34 years, have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with the alleged use of unregistered trials bikes or quad bikes.

In addition, a 15-year-old boy has also been reported to the Reporter to the Children’s Panel for a similar offence. He was also issued with an ASBO warning.

Efforts are ongoing amongst off-road enthusiasts in the area to have the sport put on a recognised footing with steps underway to set up a Penicuik Off-Road Motorcycle Community Club.

A meeting was held last month involving Penicuik and District Community Council, Melville Motor Club, the Scottish Enduro Club and the Newtongrange-based Rural and Urban Training Scheme to gauge interest in establishing a local track.

A follow-up meeting has been arranged for the end of August, but in the meantime local off-road riders will visit a community track in Lanark to find out more about the set-up.