Fury over bikers' ride along river bank

TWO trail bikers have been riding at high speed along a quiet riverside footpath beside the River Waveney causing a hazard to walkers and churning up the river bank.

TWO trail bikers have been riding at high speed along a quiet riverside footpath beside the River Waveney causing a hazard to walkers and churning up the river bank.

The bikers left the A146 at Burnt Hill Lane, which is a bridleway, on Friday.

According to Suffolk Wildlife Trust wardens they opened a five bar gate, and 'bombed down' the bridleway onto the river wall and across Peto's Marsh, which is under crop, where they rode for about an hour.

They continued along a public footpath beside the river at high speed, driving fast round blind bends, where a local landowner at Barnby saw one of them fall off.


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'We heard them before we saw them,' he said. 'They had no number plates. A few seconds later the rider came off. I jumped on the tractor to help him but as I approached the biker rode off. One was driving dangerously fast round blind bends. If anyone had been out walking there could have been a terrible accident. It was reckless. The footpath is very muddy and slippery and driving on it causes a lot of damage to the bank.'

A member of the public also reported the incident. Police were called but were not able to reach the bikers and air support was not available.

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust warden Matt Neal eventually caught up with the bikers in a 4x4 and asked them to leave.

Volunteer warden John Mummery said they had had previous trouble with trail bikers 'roaring round' the SWT reserve at Carlton Marshes.

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