Operation Blackbrook

Fourteen riders and drivers checked during latest Blackbrook project day

Fourteen drivers have been checked by police and representatives from local village interest and off-road user groups as part of the campaign to target illegal and irresponsible off-roading.

The long-term partnership initiative named ‘Operation Blackbrook’ was set up in April 2007 to reduce the impact of irresponsible off-roading on local residents and the Peak District countryside.

Checks were carried out in the Rowland, Upper Dale and Pindale areas on Sunday, January 17 and the group spoke to eight 4×4 drivers, 5 motorcycle riders and one quad-bike rider about the rules and regulations around responsible off-roading.

PC Kevin Lowe, Operation Blackbrook co-ordinator said: “It was a very cold, wet and windy day which perhaps rendered the low number of vehicles on the road, however all vehicles checked were f! ound to comply with the construction and use regulations.

“The members of the off-road groups who work with us were badly let down by three off-road motorcyclists after they were observed turning around a restricted byway sign on the A619 thirteen bends, which leads to Hassop Village.

“This irresponsible behaviour does nothing to further anyone’s cause and is done in the belief that it will prevent a prosecution and their machine from being seized.”

Operation Blackbrook is set to continue throughout 2011, with further project days being planned.

PC Lowe added: “I would appeal to any resident or visitor to the Peak District who sees any act of irresponsible off road riding or driving to note the time, day, date, registration number and, if they feel it is safe to do so, please take a photograph. I will act on all information and I will respond to you with any action taken.

“It is important to emphasise that the Peak Dis! trict National Park is here for everyone to enjoy, however, we must pr otect it for future generations.”

You can contact Derbyshire Constabulary by calling 0345 123 33 33, except in an emergency when the number is always 999.