Visitors have a ‘crush’ on a display

SCORES of visitors to the recent Belper Food, Real Ale and Craft Festival were stopped in their tracks by the sight of a pair of crushed mini motos.

The bikes had been confiscated by police from riders using them illegally in Amber Valley.

They formed the centre piece of a display created by Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership and Derbyshire police.

Photographs of the bikes while they were still intact were displayed alongside the crushed versions, demonstrating what can happen if mini motos are used illegally.

It is against the law to use mini motos – which include motorised scooters, go-peds, and scrambler bikes – in public parks, open spaces, or on footpaths, pavements, cycle routes and bridleways.

Riders only get one warning about misuse of a mini moto, the second time they are caught the police can confiscate the machine.

Community safety officer Sally Price said: “As we expected, our display drew plenty of attention.

“We chatted to lots of people and gave advice about the laws and issues surrounding mini motos. We are very pleased with the way it went.”

Following the success of the display in Belper, the partnership now plans to take it to other local events.