Warning for off-road bikers

PUBLISHED: 12:22 24 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:22 24 December 2014

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Off-road motorcyclists have been warned that illegally using one of East Devon's most important conservation sites could land them with a fine of up to £20,000.

There has been a recent increase in the activity on the internationally recognised and protected East Pebblebed Heaths.

Dr Sam Bridgewater, nature conservation manager from landowner Clinton Devon Estates ,said: “There are no rights of way across the heaths for motorised vehicles, and riding off-road on the site is illegal. We will continue to seek to prosecute those who don’t abide by the law, and request that all motorcyclists please use the legal routes that are available to them elsewhere.”

Bikers have also been seen riding over the ancient earthworks of Woodbury Castle.

PSCO Donna Baker said: “The police take this type of offence very seriously and work closely with Clinton Devon Estates, Natural England and English Heritage to protect the land.”

Charlotte Russell, of English Heritage, said: “We wish to protect the site and its rare preserved archaeological information about the origins of settlement in East Devon so that future generations can continue to enjoy it.”

People who see motorbikes being ridden on the heaths are urged to note the registration number, time and location, and call Dr Bridgewater on 01395 44143, or police on 101.

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