POLICE have recovered a stolen scooter which was being ridden around held together with carpet tape and minus its rear tyre.

Officers from the team specialising in nuisance off-road motorbikes found the machine dumped in an alleyway during a patrol in the Bracken Bank area of Keighley.

A spokesman said: "The scooter had been stolen a matter of days before it was located and was in a very poor state.

"The whole bodywork was held together with carpet tape and the rear wheel was destroyed, as it had been ridden hard on the road without a tyre.

"Whoever had been riding the scooter in this condition was very lucky that they didn't have to stop in an emergency, because that would have been virtually impossible with no rear tyre."

Police are appealing for anyone with information relating to the motorbike, or about the anti-social use of any motorcycle or quad bike, to call 101 or e-mail bdasbbiketeam@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

Reports of anti-social use of cars, vans or lorries should be e-mailed to bd.steerside@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.