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Off-roading is 'totally unacceptable'

"We work tirelessly to protect the Lake District National Park so that it can be conserved and enjoyed by all, not only at this time but also in the future.

"This type of antisocial behaviour is damaging to the environment and is a drain on financial resources for the Authority."

– Pete Barron, Lake District National Park Authority Park Management Ranger

"This is totally unacceptable behaviour with a huge potential to cause damage and destruction to our heavily protected rural environments that can take many years to recover.

"By working in partnership with the LDNPA and FC we can tackle this issue robustly.

"We also appeal to members of the public who visit these areas to enjoy the beautiful surroundings that the Lake District as to offer.

"This activity causes a substantial amount of damage and can ruin an area."

– PC Helen Felton, Wildlife Rural and Environmental Crime Officer

Police crackdown on 'off-roading' in Cumbria

Several forces across Cumbria are teaming up to crackdown on 'off-roading'.

Cumbria Police, the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) and the Forestry Commission are taking action, following an increase in reports of abandoned vehicles and 'off-road' driving in the county.

There are strict guidelines in place regarding the use of vehicles on rural land throughout Cumbria and what type of activity is permitted in the area.

Anyone found in breach of these guidelines could face up to three months in prison or a £2500 court fine.