A SAFER neighbourhood team have been combating illegal off-road vehicles - and they have seized seven vehicles.

The Royston Safer Neighbourhood Team, mounted police officers, off-road police bikers and members of the Trans Pennine Trail ranger group worked together on the operation.

These operations are run regularly throughout the year, in order to combat both the anti-social behaviour and danger this causes for the community and local residents.

During the operation, seven off-road bikes were seized under The Police Reform Act 2002 and 'Operation Takeaway' - which allows the seizure of uninsured vehicles.

Officers issued one fixed penalty ticket for riding or trespassing on railway land and eight warning notices were also issued.

One 20-year-old man was arrested for numerous offences after originally failing to stop for police officers on the Trans Pennine Trail.

South Yorkshire Police and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council receive numerous complaints regarding off-road motor vehicles in Royston and the surrounding villages and as a result, additional attention is paid to the area.

"The Trans Pennine Trail and Rabbit Ings Country Park are areas intended to be enjoyed by walkers, pedal cyclists and horse riders and not for off road vehicles," said PC Clare Sidaway. 

"All too often, the actions of some of these off-road riders make an area that should be peaceful and safe, into dangerous locations for members of the public."