Riding high again, thanks to course

PCSO Carl Larsson with youngsters taking part in the Durham Police and Groundwork North East Easington Police Moto Project to help train off road young motorcycle riders. With them is Coun Peter Surtees who helped to run the course.

PCSO Carl Larsson with youngsters taking part in the Durham Police and Groundwork North East Easington Police Moto Project to help train off road young motorcycle riders. With them is Coun Peter Surtees who helped to run the course.

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AN OFF-ROAD bike park is helping to keep motorcycle-mad youngsters on the right track once more.

The course was set up in Peterlee last year to give riders a chance to use their bikes and improve their skills somewhere safe, with sessions also run on maintenance and keeping on the right side of the law.

Now it is back for a 14-day programme this summer.

It is open to more riders this year and to applicants aged from 10 to 17, with the events open to those from Murton and Horden, in addition to South Hetton, Haswell and Easington Colliery and Village.

The project was launched on the back of Operation Pikespoint, which cracked down on bad behaviour from riders around East Durham and funded with cash from the Criminal Justice Board.

This year it is being helped by Groundwork North East, with support from Durham County Council’s street wardens, businesses, parents and volunteers.