Anti social off-road Malvern Hills e-bikers face fresh police crackdown - The Worcester Observer

Anti social off-road Malvern Hills e-bikers face fresh police crackdown

Worcester Editorial 19th Apr, 2023   0

A CRACKDOWN on the anti-social use of scrambler-style off-road electric e-bikes which has blighted Malvern’s picturesque hills has been revealed by furious police bosses.

Riders have been reminded of the warning about the bikes which are not tolerated on the Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) following a spate of reports of anti-social riders causing havoc.

It’s alleged a group of riders, who have been on the bikes in the Hills area, assaulted a mountain bike rider who challenged them on their behaviour.

In response to concerns from residents and hill walkers, police have reminded riders that as the bikes do not have pedals, they are classed as mechanically propelled vehicles.

These, along with similar vehicles of that nature, are banned from any part of the Malvern Hills but such warnings have been allegedly going unheard in recent weeks.

As a result, patrols have been stepped up by officers from Malvern Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) in the AONB in response to concerns.

In addition to the warning on the use of such bikes on the Hills, riders have also been reminded unless the bikes have tax, insurance and a valid, displayed number plate they are also not permitted on the roads.

As well as an increase in patrols where the riders have been spotted, officers have warned riders they risk their bikes being seized and destroyed.

A West Mercia Police spokesperson said: “This behaviour will not be tolerated and anyone found riding these bikes will be dealt with robustly.

“Anyone purchasing one of these bikes should be well aware they are not permitted to be ridden on bridle paths and footpaths.

“As such we will not be giving a warning to the riders.

“We will take positive action in dealing with these offenders who are having a detrimental effect on the countryside and the people enjoying the hills legally.”

Incidents can be reported by calling 101 or 999 if criminal activity is taking place.


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