Policing in North West Leeds has been given a helping hand with funding towards off- road bikes.

Leeds City Council’s North West Outer Area Committee agreed funding of £1,135 towards the cost of continuing to provide off-road bikes in the area.

Police use the bikes to crack down on illegal off-road motor cycling, anti-social behaviour and to assist with high-visibility patrols.

Guiseley and Rawdon councillor Pat Latty said: “The green spaces we enjoy in this part of Leeds can also attract illegal cycling and anti-social behaviour, so I am delighted to support the police in this way.”

Adel and Wharfedale councillor Clive Fox added: “Since the off-road bike patrols were introduced they have helped to reduce illegal off-road motorcycling in North West Leeds, but there are still people who insist on riding illegally and causing a nuisance.”

Horsforth councillor Dawn Collins said: “It is important that regular patrols are maintained by these off road bikes to deter people from carrying out anti-social behaviour in North West Leeds.”