Illegal off-road driving is targeted by police

PEOPLE are being urged to report illegal off-road driving, following the success of a scheme in Small Dole.

Sussex Pathwatch has been set up to help protect people using rights-of-way, fields and woodland and to prevent damage from illegal off-roading.

Angela Ward, ranger for the South Downs National Park, said: “They put everyone’s safety at risk, give legal drivers a bad name and cause damage to the countryside.”

One example of the scheme’s success was a case of illegal off-road motorcycling on a site of special scientific interest near Small Dole. The site, which holds three nationally rare habitats and supports a rich community of rare butterflies and moths, was blighted by off-road motorcyclists, who had even taken in equipment to dig tracks.

Following calls from the public, Sussex Police was able to catch them in the act and serve notice – meaning if they re-offend in the next 12 months, their vehicle will be impounded and possibly crushed.

People witnessing illegal or anti-social off-road driving are urged to call 101.