Three reported to fiscal after bike crackdown

Action at the Wemyss Estate and Thornton Bing at the weekend
Action at the Wemyss Estate and Thornton Bing at the weekend
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Police Officers in Fife have reported three people to the Procurator Fiscal following a crackdown at the weekend on illegal motor cycles use on the Wemyss Estate and around the Thornton Bing.

Police from Levenmouth and Glenrothes combined with Road Policing and Police Scotland’s Fife Division Wildlife Crime Officer to tackle the on-going problems with motorcyclists using the areas as a race track.

A further six people were warned by the community officers on patrol.

Local community officer PC Bruce Bennett, who co-ordinated the operation, said: “The use of motor cycles in these areas poses a danger to those involved and to people using the estate legitimately walking the various paths and tracks to observe wildlife.

“Damage is caused to habitats, disturbing bird and other wildlife at the start of the spring nesting and breeding season, and this is an offence that will be investigated by police.

“We will continue to target the area, and those responsible face having their bikes and quads seized.

“Spring is an important time for the wildlife in the area and we intend to do what we can to protect the natural environment.”

Police action was carried out over a number of weekends last year after there were reports of increased activity in both the Wemyss Estate and the Bing.

At the time, officers were aware of people travelling from as far as Dundee to use motorcycles on the land. Children as young as seven were also reported to have been using bikes in the area.