Call to action on bike problems

Claire Baker MSP and Melanie Ward on a visit to an farm in East Wemyss which has been affected by illegal motorbiking and quadbiking
Claire Baker MSP and Melanie Ward on a visit to an farm in East Wemyss which has been affected by illegal motorbiking and quadbiking
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Local labour politicians have continued their campaign against anti-social behaviour on motorised scooters and quad bikes in the area.

Claire Baker MSP and parliamentary candidate Melanie Ward visited a farmer in East Wemyss who has encountered damage to his land caused by the use of such bikes.

Previously the Scottish Labour MSP had raised concerns in the Scottish Parliament after being contacted by constituents over the inappropriate use of the vehicles on pavements and streets.

Ms Baker has called for the Government to strengthen fixed penalty notices to aid police in their work and will meet with the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs next week.

Speaking after her farm visit, she said: “It is becoming clear that the inappropriate use of these vehicles is a real menace to locals, which is why Melanie and I are determined to help get local voices heard and support the police in tackling this problem.

“The police, through Operation Ducati, are making efforts to clamp down on those using their bikes inappropriately but we must ensure that they have all the tools in their box to deal with them.”

Melanie Ward meanwhile urged locals to report incidents in the area, adding: “I have already met with Levenmouth Police to discuss this problem, and am pleased that their action is now having some results. But there is a long way to go.”