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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Skates's message to off-roaders bikers: Stay Away!

Clwyd South Senedd Member Ken Skates (pictured) has issued a clear message to off-road bikers  tempted to use North Wales as their playground - stay away.

The warning comes after police reported a number of offences over the recent bank holiday weekend which saw illegal bikers apprehended in the Glyn Ceiriog and Llanarmon DC areas.

Mr Skates said: "As I said earlier this week in a joint statement with my colleagues in North East Wales, that travelling into Wales to ​spend​ time in the countryside or at the coast is not allowed ​under Welsh law​. This includes off-road motorcyclists who are a blight on some of our communities.

"Our message to these off-roaders is stay away and stop using North Wales as your playground. This is a beautiful part of the world, and once we are through this crisis we will welcome all respectful tourists and visitors back with open arms. But if you are breaking the law, you are not welcome here - least of all during a time of crisis."

Police said a large number of offenders over the weekend were caught on CCTV, stopped within an hour of the footage being recorded and issued with fixed penalties. Most had travelled from the Merseyside area.

Mr Skates added: "I am in regular contact with North Wales Police, who are doing an incredible job, and traffic flow on all main routes ​into Wales is being regularly monitored.​ If you are caught committing this kind of office, you will be dealt with. 

"North Wales Police have made some excellent progress on this particular issue in the past couple of years and I would like to thank our local officers for their recent work in apprehending and fining these irresponsible individuals.

"The Covid-19 situation remains extremely serious. The advice in Wales has not changed and remains that you should stay at home wherever possible. 

"Please only travel when necessary and continue to follow the Welsh Government guidance.​ Measures including staying at home and social distancing are in place to continue to protect you, and our NHS, from the transmission and spread of coronavirus."

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