A bike was caught being ridden illegally on farmland last week.

Police seized the motocross bike on the evening of December 19 after they spotted it on fields between Abbots Langley and Kings Langley.

When police spoke to the landowner of the field, it was confirmed the rider had no permission to ride on the land.

The rider not only lost their bike but is also set to be prosecuted for causing damage to the field.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Chris Simmons said: “Riding bikes across private farm land is illegal and often has a huge impact on the landowner’s livelihood due to the damage caused. Anyone caught doing so will be dealt with accordingly and we will not hesitate to issue warnings or seize vehicles.

“Many people may have received off-road bikes or ‘mini motos’ as gifts. I would urge people to make sure they fully understand the laws about where they can be ridden legally and safely, or they risk having the vehicles confiscated by police.”

If you see anyone riding anti-socially or illegally, call police on 101 or report it online at www.herts.police.uk/report.

The force says you should always try and get a good description of the rider, the colour of the helmet, if they are wearing one, and make a note of any registration numbers.