A special police scrambler squad has been cracking down on a spate of illegal off-road biking in East Dunbartonshire.
Over the past week, three people have been reported to the fiscal for allegedly riding quad bikes and dirt bikes in public areas.
On Thursday night, a 26-year-old woman was reported for allegedly riding a quad bike in parkland off Canniesburn Road in Bearsden.
And last weekend, a 14-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man were caught allegedly riding a dirt bike on Main Street, Lennoxtown and Woodilee Cottages.
A police spokesman at Kirkintilloch said the use of the scrambler bikes enables officers to patrol hotspots and to go in pursuit through woods, fields and wasteland.
He added: “We have a lot of problem at the moment with people using dirt bikes where they shouldn’t “
He said that parents who buy their children the bikes often don’t realise they are not allowed to use them in local woodland or parkland.
Some, he added, are often as young as 10 or 11-years-old.
He said:“There are a number of safety issues around illegal off-road biking It puts people in danger and puts the young bikers at risk, too.
“We regularly receive complaints from members of the public.”
He said there was an ongoing problem of young people using dirt bikes on canal paths near Kirkintilloch and the surrounding area and in Lennox Forest.
He said “The special off-road motorbike unit makes it easier to patrol these areas and findthose who are committing this type of offence.”
As well as tackling off-road offences,the scrambler squad are often used to search for a missing persons in hard-t-o reach areas.