A RURAL hotspot known for dogging is being targeted by police following complaints about naked gay men seen 'frolicking' in woodland.

West Bretton village councillors have asked police to step up patrols in the Green Lane area after they received reports from the public about naked men spotted in woods near the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The problem was raised at a parish council meeting, which was chaired by Cllr Mike Hofton.

"It's an area a lot of people pass through for dog walking because there is a back entrance to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park," he said.

"It's a well-used pathway. It's quite secluded but you can get vehicles down there.

"At various times for the last three to four years people have reported there has been adult activities going off in the the woods and reports of naked men in there.

"It quietened down for a while and recently restarted again."

Cllr Hofton said the secluded area wasn't just attracting gay men but also heterosexual couples.

"Some people have said it is gay people and some have said it is couples," he said. "The police were informed and have said they're going to try and concentrate on that area, and are starting mounted patrols."