Officers across the county are to begin localised operations to combat the rise in off-road bike use.

Last week, police in Chorley received an increase in calls reporting off-road motorbikes being used on German Lane, Higher House Lane and near to Denham Hill Quarry, in Whittle Le Woods.

And earlier this week officers seized a bike from a 30-year-old man who they believe was attending the Heath Charnock area on a daily basis, just for fun.

A spokesperson for the police said: “As a result of this we will be running a local operation at the weekend to target these incidents where we will take positive action against anyone who is caught.

“Not only are their driving offences being committed if these bikes are used on the road, but vehicles could also be seized under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act.

“On Tuesday we seized an off-road motorbike on German Lane, Heath Charnock, from a 30-year-old man who we believe has been attending the area on a daily basis.

“Not only is it dangerous to do this in a Section 59 area, but it also breaches the Government lockdown guidelines as it is not classed as exercise or essential travel.

“We have seized the bike and issued strong words of advice about breaching the lockdown guidelines.

“Please stay safe, stay home and save lives.”