Police seized two mopeds after a rider attempted to “goad” the police into a chase.

The bikes were traced to an address in Abbots Langley on Tuesday.

They had been ridden over the last several weeks along paths and alleyways with the licence plates swapped in attempts to lure the police into a chase.

After finding the bikes, the rider was reported for several driving offences including riding with no licence.

If a person is caught riding illegally or anti-socially, police can issue a written warning.

If the rider is caught again within the next year, police have powers to seize the moped or bike and crush it if it is not reclaimed and storage or recovery fees paid within 14 days.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Chris Simmons said: “The rider had previously been issued with a warning and we were therefore able to take these vehicles off the road.

“I hope this sends a clear message that we will use our powers to crack down on this type of behaviour and will not hesitate to seize any vehicles found to be involved.

“Riding in a dangerous or anti-social manner could lead to serious, or even fatal, consequences for both the rider and members of the public. It also causes misery for residents.

“If you see anyone riding in this way, please contact police. Try and get a good description of the rider and the colour of the helmet, if they are wearing one, and make a note of any registration numbers.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the non-emergency number 101 or report it online at www.herts.police.uk/Report.