A north-east motorcycle club has joined a crackdown on illegal biking on a country estate.
In March police said they were clamping down on unlicensed off-roading at Kincardine Estate which was endangering outdoor groups which use the vast land surrounding the castle.
The sprawling grounds near Kincardine O’Neil, which are run by Strutt and Parker on behalf of Andrew Bradford, include motorbike trails, walking routes, cycle paths, deer stalkers and 4×4 off-road driving.
But in recent months the estate management was forced to call in the police after a spate of incidents involving bikers using the ground without permission, sparking concerns people could be injured.
The practice has also caused “excessive” ground damage, threatening to spoil the trails used by other groups.
A number of motoring groups also lent their support to the crackdown, including Bon Accord Motorcycle Club, and now Buchan Off Road Drivers Club has also backed the campaign.
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The latter is made up of 4×4 enthusiasts, who take on off-road trails across the region in their vehicles, and whose members recently help deter people from using the site illegally.
A spokesman said: “The reckless behaviour of these perpetrators can easily result in significant damage to environment, wildlife and indeed potential loss of life.
“The latter sounds dramatic but it is true as these woods are occasionally used for deer stalking and shooting parties.
“One of the greatest and most realistic concerns for the landowners is the potential for widespread fire particularly over the past couple of years which has seen the forest become like a tinderbox at times. Such a fire could be devastating and merciless for all concerned.”
Sergeant Keith Greig said: “I am delighted that local officers have teamed up with the Buchan Off-Road Drivers Club to support them in their promotion of safe use of vehicles whilst off-road.
“Off-roading can be a great day out, whether you do this frequently or as a new experience, however, it is incumbent upon individuals to ensure that they have all relevant permissions to be on any private land by landowners for this purpose.
“Reckless behaviour with vehicles off-road can be dangerous and lead to serious incidents, including collisions, injuries and damage to land and property.
“Please enjoy the many off-road areas that Deeside has to offer, but make sure you have permission to be there and act in a responsible manner.”
Anyone with information on illegal biking should contact police on 101.